Why Broncos' structure won't change

May, 8, 2012
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I’ve received a lot of questions from readers about the impact of the Broncos parting ways with general manager Brian Xanders on Monday.

I know the move appeared to come out of the blue, and the fact that a general manager has left the team can result in major change. But allow me to reiterate my thoughts from Monday when the news broke: Nothing will change in Denver.

There will not be any structural or philosophical change. Xanders was not in command of the team, nor did he make major decisions. He was third in charge.

President John Elway is essentially the general manager in Denver. He is the decision-maker, and he works in accord with coach John Fox.

Xanders is a smart football man, but his role was reduced because of Elway’s appointment as executive vice president last year. Elway is comfortable in his role.

Xanders simply wasn’t in the team’s plans. But his departure does not mean the Broncos will be run differently than they have since Elway took over.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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