Elway to coach son at Denver high school
Vail, CO Colorado
ENGLEWOOD ” The face of the Broncos franchise throughout the 1980s and ’90s is making a return to the football field.
Just not as a player.
John Elway was hired as quarterbacks coach at Cherry Creek High School, where his son, Jack, is the senior quarterback.
Elway led the Broncos to their only two Super Bowl wins in 1998 and ’99. He was the Broncos quarterback from 1983 until his retirement in 2000. He’s the only quarterback in NFL history to start in five Super Bowls.
Elway spoke with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan a few days before he took the job.
“He’s excited to do it,” Shanahan said Thursday. “He’s been coaching Jack since 5, 6 years old. He’s always been there for the kids and I’m sure Jack is excited to have him coach.”
The Elway family has a legacy of father-son tutoring. John Elway’s father, Jack, taught him the game in California, where he was a coach in the 1970s and ’80s. He was a Broncos scout until retiring a year before his death in 2001.
The younger Jack Elway hasn’t committed to a college but has taken unofficial trips to Oregon and UCLA. John Elway played in the same conference ” the PAC 10 ” at Stanford.
But can John coach?
“It’s going to take a lot of work obviously,” Shanahan joked. “Nah, he’ll do a great job. I’m just glad John can get it in. I know it’ll be great for Cherry Creek. His expertise in that area, and just in football in general should be a big lift to the team.”
Cherry Creek opens against Montbello High School on Aug. 31.
The Broncos Kenard Lang came to training camp without a job guarantee.
The 10-year veteran had started many of his seasons in the league with the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, and Denver Broncos.
But with the influx of new talent, including three rookie draft picks on the defensive line, Lang’s spot wasn’t quite sealed.
That may have changed when Ebenezer Ekuban went down for the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon.
“When the situation happened with Eb, it wasn’t like ‘Yeah!’ and throw confetti up in the air. It’s more just like, ‘Man, why’d this happened to him?’ Because he worked hard and everything,” Lang said. “When it happens, you’ve got to step up and play.”
Lang, like rookie Jarvis Moss, specializes on pressuring the quarterback. He finished second on the team last year with six sacks. And like Moss, both went to college in Florida.
Lang is scheduled to start Saturday against his former team, Cleveland. He came to the Broncos last season and joined a slew of fellow former Browns along the defensive front.
“I left from there and all the feelings, thoughts I had from there are gone,” Lang said. “They’re out there working hard, trying to win some games so (coach) Romeo (Crennel) won’t be in trouble. It’s not really his fault. But in hindsight, they’re doing well, I’m doing well. We’re both just trying to get better.”
Receiver Brandon Marshall said he’s all the way back from a strained quadriceps that kept him out of most of the two-a-day practices earlier in camp before coach Mike Shanahan nudged him back onto the field.
“I’m 100 percent, I’m out there running full-speed, so I’m ready to get out there and make plays,” Marshall said. “Completely in the past, healthy and ready to go.”
Marshall said he’s “just trying to get back in football shape. After this week, I think I’ll be right where I need to be.”
Marshall is expected to start at split end opposite flanker Javon Walker but he probably needs to have a good game Saturday against Cleveland to lock down the starting job.
“It’s more pressure, but that’s what we play for and all the great ones step up to the challenge,” Marshall said. “This week is going to be a big test for me. I think I’m going to pass it.”