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Xanders named GM, Goodmans Fired

February 12, 2009

New GM Brian Xanders

In a breaking Broncos news, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen named Brian Xanders the General Manager of the team. Bowlen was quoted as saying that “Brian Xanders is the right person to step into our general manager’s job,” and continued to say that “I am confident he will work in tandem with Head Coach Josh McDaniels to re-establish our football team at the level we desire.”

The shocking development came in the same breath as Xanders promotion; Jim and Jeff Goodman, the two men expected to work with Xanders this year as a makeshift GM trio, were fired. Jim Goodman had been the Vice President of Football Operations, and Jeff Goodman shared the Assistant General Manager post with Xanders.

Xanders stated that he is sad that his promotion came with unfortunate circumstances, but is excited to “work together with Coach McDaniels and put our collective resources into winning football games.” New head coach Josh McDaniels added “I want to thank Jim and Jeff for their contributions to the Denver Broncos. I’m excited for Brian and look forward to working with him hand-in-hand well into the future.”

While this is a surprising move, I am excited to see how it will play out. I was a little skeptical of the Goodmans being in charge, because of the many poor free agent and draft acquisitions on the defensive side of the ball over the past few years. And while Mike Shanahan had final say, I’m sure the Goodmans had a lot of input in the decisions. Xanders encountered a lot of success with the Falcons (before the Michael Vick scandal and its fallout), and I hope he can do the same for the Broncos.

Xanders joined the organization in May 2008, after spending 14 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons as the director of player personnel. A former linebacker for the Florida State Seminoles, Xanders won four bowl games under Bobby Bowden.

  1. Jon Krause permalink
    February 13, 2009 5:59 AM

    BM, Josh is doing a good job, he’s a great writer.

    And BTW what a name! Xanders? Do you say it the way it is spelled?

    • February 13, 2009 7:03 AM

      haha yup his name is Xanders. you pronounce it like zanders though

  2. Jon Krause permalink
    February 13, 2009 8:08 AM

    Okay figured/hoped lol 🙂

  3. February 14, 2009 2:09 PM

    What level is tha bowlen mediocry like the broncos have been since elway left.

  4. mik permalink
    February 15, 2009 3:15 PM

    hey chargers fan…how many superbowls have yuh won? k thanks!

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