After three years as general manager, Brian Xanders and the Denver Broncos part ways. The decision was made between Xanders and the Executive Vice President of Football Operations, John Elway on Monday. Xanders has one year left on his contract.
The 41-year old Xanders was kept on board when Elway was hired on. John Elway is known as a hands on boss, and as he was getting comfortable at his position, Brian was getting phased out; changes were eminent when Elway stated that “a change to the structure of our football operations would be mutually beneficial” at the pre-draft press conference last month.
In 2008, Xanders was an assistant GM under former head coach Mike Shanahan and was promoted to general manager following Josh McDaniels hiring as head coach the following year; it was noted that Xanders never had the final say on roster decisions under Shanahan, McDaniels or Elway.
Xanders spent the first 14 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons where he had many roles in the front office before joining the Broncos.
Written by – Arnold Glass II – AFC Writer