The Big Three is a term that has been thrown around through recent history. Whether it is world leaders Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin during World War II, or more recently a group of three great players on the same team such as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen of the NBA’s Boston Celtics.
The Denver Broncos have a Big Three of their own now and it’s in the front office. Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, General Manager Brian Xanders and Head Coach John Fox make up that trinity and they have been hard at work to rebuild a franchise that suffered its worst season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger and even though the players are locked out this Big Three is still hard at work.
Right now, their biggest priority is the upcoming NFL Draft April 28-30 and the biggest question remains, who are they going to take with the No. 2 overall pick?
One thing is for sure, the Big Three has definitely done their research, attending numerous pro days.
Most of the time, the three are together at these events and according to Fox, that’s a good thing.
“At the end of the day, when you are evaluating, more sets of eyes are better,” Fox said at the coaches breakfast at the owners’ meetings in New Orleans. “I think something early on that was great is that there are no egos amongst us three. At the end of the day, we are going to get it right.”
The Big Three has even been looking at the high-end quarterbacks, which is surprising to many and seems to be a ruse to some experts like local draft guru Cecil Lammey, who wrote “interest in Newton or Gabbert is a ruse IMHO (in my honest opinion) — hoping a team behind them wants to trade up for Qbs” on his Twitter account.
The Broncos had the worst defense in the NFL in terms of points and yards allowed in 2010 and most signs point to them taking a defensive player at No. 2 but according to Elway, their interest in a quarterback is legitimate and they want the best player possible at the No. 2 pick.
“We’re always looking for that guy,” Elway told the Denver Post. “We may already have the guy who can pull the trigger and win us a championship someday. We may have him. We don’t know. We believe in (second-year quarterback) Tim (Tebow), but he’s not there yet.”
So while that may even be a ploy to get a team to trade up to their pick, Elway, Xanders and Fox will continue to visit with potential players right up until draft day and keep going full-speed ahead.