The Denver Broncos found their next General Manager (GM) and heĺs got his plate full already. The Broncos hired George Paton who was the Minnesota Vikings Vice President of Player Personnel/Assistant GM. Paton, the most experienced of the potential candidates, had been vetted by other organizations but Denverĺs top job ended up being the most appealing.
Paton comes into Denver with a to-do-list that would make most happy wives envious. The biggest issue comes from a position the Broncos have experienced difficulty filling permanently since Peyton Manningĺs departure in 2016 right after the Broncos won Super Bowl 50. Drew Lock has been both a fan favorite as well as the ire of many fans due to his inconsistently.
Last year the Denver Broncos added wide receivers, Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler to Lockĺs arsenal however, the chemistry has been nothing short of disappointing. Jeudy has expressed his desire to build a better chemistry with Lock in the off-season; however, the future of Lock in Denver is still up in the air.
Paton has a pretty big decision on the direction he would like to move, given that they have not made the playoffs since their Super Bowl win in 2015. The options are plentiful and despite Denverĺs dismal 2020 season, fans seem to welcome the new GM with a glimmer of hope that the Broncos can return to the Super Bowl contending team they were just 5 years ago.
Some of the issues Paton will face is whether or not he thinks Lock is Denverĺs man, or if the Broncos should move onto a well seasoned quarterback (QB) like Deshaun Watson or even trade up in the Draft for another young gun-slinger.
Thereĺs also the issue of Von Miller, Shelby Harris, and Justin Simmons, all players the Broncos would love to keep, but likely to part ways with at least one and maybe even two to make a move for a seasoned QB.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets are 1-3 since last Tuesday losing to the Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets 116-122, with a follow-up win over Stephen Cury and the Golden State Warriors 114-104 on Thursday night.. The Nuggets also lost at home to the Utah Jazz on Sunday night 109-105.
This week the Nuggets will be at home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder (game had not been played at the time of this writing) on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m., and are on the road in Phoenix this Friday, at 8 p.m. and again on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Colorado Avalanche got redemption on Friday night after playing the St. Louis Blues at home and losing 4-1 to them two nights before. The Colorado Avalanche played the ôperfect game,ö on Friday night putting the league on notice that 2021 is a year of reckoning. By the end of one period the game was locked at zero apiece. The Avalanche came alive and scored 4 minutes into the second by team Captain, Gabriel Landeskog. From there the flood gates opened and by nightĺs end the Avalanche scored 8 goals while goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 goals, completing the shutout in dominating fashion.