Unless he finds a legitimate franchise quarterback, new Broncos general manager George Paton is more likely to get fired in Denver than fulfill a pledge he made Tuesday to the team’s success-starved fans: “I would like to win a Super Bowl here. After a five-year playoff drought, the Broncos’ No. need is an elite quarterback.
George Paton is notoriously picky, bypassing opportunity after opportunity over the past decade before accepting John Elway's to succeed him as general manager of the Denver Broncos. ''I knew he wasn't going to take a job to say, 'I'm a GM,''' said his mentor, Vikings GM Rick Spielman. Paton, a 50-year-old football lifer who has spent half his life in the NFL, said during his introductory news conference Tuesday that he made an immediate connection with Elway, team president Joe Ellis and head coach Vic Fangio when he interviewed for the job.
Week 6, 2005 season: Broncos 28, Patriots 20 In a game that would in some ways foreshadow the playoff matchup that was to come, the Broncos and their pass defense held their ground against the two-time defending champion Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. Behind a stingy start by the defense and a three-touchdown second quarter, the Broncos jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead. Lynch played a key role, especially early; he ended three Patriots drives with pass breakups to force punts.