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Old 05-07-2012, 11:15 PM
 
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Yes, he came in at the same time Josh McDaniels did, in 2009. Before that time Mike Shanhan was not only head coach but also general manager as well.

I think the fans are surprised to say the least. I'll find out more tomorrow and post on this. The one comment I WILL make now is that it's unusual to let him go now instead of after the regular season.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Local sports radio here in Denver said that it was more of a mutual agreement than a firing.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Wonder what happened. Things seemed pretty routine during the draft, and Xanders looked involved during those days.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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People have been joking, but also being serious, that being a part of drafting Tebow might've been what got Xanders fired...LOL
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Xanders was more-or-less a figurehead during his entire tenure in Denver. Shanahan brought him on-board in 2008, but Mike still had complete control. Josh McDoofus retained Shanahan's final say over personnel, and when Elway was hired, he became "the man."

This actually may be a good move for Xanders. He's a bright guy and is well-respected around the league.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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Been kinda quiet on this thread, but I've got some stuff to add here for the next few days.

According to the Denver Broncos site, Rod Smith will be the 23rd Bronco to be inducted into the Bronco Ring of Fame. Smith made the Bronco practice squad in 1994, elevated to the squad in 1995. And retired in 2007 due to an ailing hip that just wasn't coming around when he had surgery on it. His stats:

849 receptions
11389 yards
68 touchdowns
13.4 yards per gain

He is the most successful NFL wide receiver from the standpoint of his status when he came into the league. He went to a small school (Missouri Southern) and was not drafted, signed by the Broncos to a free agent contract in 1994. And by 1997 he started as Mike Pritchard was traded to Atlanta and Anthony Miller signed with Dallas. Anyone who follows this organization knew it would only be a matter of time before he would be included in the Ring.

Well deserved!

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Old 05-18-2012, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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I was glad to hear that. Have a soft spot for Rod...used to see him once in awhile at local HS football games.
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:00 AM
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Location: Arlington, Virginia
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Been kinda quiet on this thread, but I've got some stuff to add here for the next few days.

According to the Denver Broncos site, Rod Smith will be the 23rd Bronco to be inducted into the Bronco Ring of Fame. Smith made the Bronco practice squad in 1994, elevated to the squad in 1995. And retired in 2007 due to an ailing hip that just wasn't coming around when he had surgery on it. His stats:

849 receptions
11389 yards
68 touchdowns
13.4 yards per gain

He is the most successful NFL wide receiver from the standpoint of his status when he came into the league. He went to Missouri Southern and was not drafted, signed by the Broncos to a free agent contract in 1994. And by 1997 he started as Mike Pritchard was traded to Atlanta and Anthony Miller signed with Dallas. Anyone who follows this organization knew it would only be a matter of time before he would be included in the Ring.

Well deserved!
Rod, by far, was one of the best Denver Broncos ever. Also one of many low-round draft picks or undrafted players to have major success with the Broncos. I loved seeing Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey on the field at the same time.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Woodinville
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Originally Posted by DOUBLE H View Post
Been kinda quiet on this thread, but I've got some stuff to add here for the next few days.

According to the Denver Broncos site, Rod Smith will be the 23rd Bronco to be inducted into the Bronco Ring of Fame. Smith made the Bronco practice squad in 1994, elevated to the squad in 1995. And retired in 2007 due to an ailing hip that just wasn't coming around when he had surgery on it. His stats:

849 receptions
11389 yards
68 touchdowns
13.4 yards per gain

He is the most successful NFL wide receiver from the standpoint of his status when he came into the league. He went to a small school (Missouri Southern) and was not drafted, signed by the Broncos to a free agent contract in 1994. And by 1997 he started as Mike Pritchard was traded to Atlanta and Anthony Miller signed with Dallas. Anyone who follows this organization knew it would only be a matter of time before he would be included in the Ring.

Well deserved!
I love football and there's nothing more satisfying to me as a fan than seeing a team recognize the potential in a "low-level" young guy and really invest the time and effort to grow him into a star. Of course it goes both ways. The low-key guy has gotta put in the time and effort, then as he starts to get good he's gotta stick with the team that afforded him the opportunity instead of jumping ship for a big money contract elsewhere. Don't see it all that often anymore on behalf of the teams or players.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: GIlbert, AZ
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Been kinda quiet on this thread, but I've got some stuff to add here for the next few days.

According to the Denver Broncos site, Rod Smith will be the 23rd Bronco to be inducted into the Bronco Ring of Fame. Smith made the Bronco practice squad in 1994, elevated to the squad in 1995. And retired in 2007 due to an ailing hip that just wasn't coming around when he had surgery on it. His stats:

849 receptions
11389 yards
68 touchdowns
13.4 yards per gain

He is the most successful NFL wide receiver from the standpoint of his status when he came into the league. He went to a small school (Missouri Southern) and was not drafted, signed by the Broncos to a free agent contract in 1994. And by 1997 he started as Mike Pritchard was traded to Atlanta and Anthony Miller signed with Dallas. Anyone who follows this organization knew it would only be a matter of time before he would be included in the Ring.

Well deserved!
Good for Rod Smith...loved that guy. Been quiet yes, and thats because the broncos bosses dumped Tebow. What else is there?
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