Elway Empowers GM As Paton Promises Collaboration, Consensus


John Elway says he’s empowering his new general manager to make the difficult decisions facing the Denver Broncos.

Elway says he’ll serve as a sounding board for George Paton (Payton) but won’t meddle in his successor’s business.

Paton says his guiding philosophy is one of collaboration and consensus-building.

That’s the doctrine he learned from his longtime mentor Rick Spielman, the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings.