John Elway can now call himself the Broncos' GM. (Elsa / Getty Images)
Englewood, Colo. — John Elway led Denver to the Super Bowl faster as a front office executive than he did as a quarterback.
On Wednesday, the Broncos extended his contract, which was set to expire after this year, through 2017 and added general manager to his title of executive vice president.
Team president Joe Ellis lauded the work Elway has done so far, saying he’s “demonstrated great vision and leadership in his role, assembling a championship caliber team and positioning it for sustained success.”
Elway, who will speak publicly on Friday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, said in a statement that he was grateful for the opportunity and “we remain relentlessly committed to delivering a world championship” to Denver.
The Broncos are coming off their first AFC title in 15 years but they were blown out 43-8 by Seattle in the Super Bowl, a result that was eerily similar to the first three of Elway’s five Super Bowls before he capped his Hall of Fame playing career with back-to-back titles in 1998 and ‘99.
Asked at his end-of-season news conference last week how long it took him to get over those losses, Elway said, “I’m not over them yet. I just added this one to it.”
The Broncos have gone 37-17 since Elway rejoined the team on Jan. 5, 2011, when owner Pat Bowlen brought him back to rescue a franchise reeling from a nosedive under Josh McDaniels that bottomed out with a 4-12 season, Denver’s worst in four decades.
Rams hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator
Gregg Williams is returning to the Rams as defensive coordinator, the first time he will lead a defense since he lost his job in New Orleans amid the fallout from the team’s bounty scandal.
The Rams announced the hiring Wednesday and a news conference introducing Williams was scheduled for Thursday. He will replace Tim Walton, who was fired in January after just one season.
Williams has led five top-five defenses. He was defensive coordinator for the Saints when he was suspended for the entire 2012 season for the scandal. He was reinstated by the NFL in February 2013 and served as a defensive assistant for the Titans last season.
In March 2012, the NFL handed down unprecedented punishment to the Saints for a cash bounty system that paid for targeting opposing players. Coach Sean Payton was suspended for one season and Williams was suspended indefinitely. Williams admitted to running the program, and apologized. Fisher had hired away his old friend after being named St. Louis’ coach, but opted not to keep him rather than wait out the suspension.
Jets' Richardson proud of former roommate Sam
Sheldon Richardson knew Michael Sam was gay. And it never mattered to him.
He’s just proud his former roommate at the University of Missouri had the courage to come out publicly and reveal his sexuality.
“I lived with Michael Sam,” Richardson said during an interview Tuesday with New York’s SNY cable network. “Regular guy, has his own sexuality. Didn’t take nothing from him. He was a great teammate, a great person. Everything you wanted out of him, you got out of him.
“You wanted a football player. You got the football player.”
Richardson, the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, spoke to SNY while training in Houston with Jets teammate Muhammad Wilkerson. He said Sam never came out to him during their time as roommates, but “you knew, you saw him.” Richardson added that Sam’s sexuality had no effect on their relationship.
“I didn’t care,” Richardson said. “I wasn’t there when he came out to the team … but like I said, seen him pretty much every morning, every day, so just something you get used to. He left the house, went to school, went to class, went to practice and came home. … Conversed when we wanted to, but it wasn’t anything unusual.
“He was my guy, my homeboy.”