Broncos assistants being courted by teams

By Pat Graham

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 16 2012 5:10 p.m. MST

Since retiring, Elway has been living the good life. He's been involved in one business venture after another, including restaurants and auto dealerships.

So, does he want to keep doing this football thing?

"Yeah, I want to keep doing it. No question," Elway said, with a grin.

Elway said his experience of once running the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League prepared him for this role. Well, at least it curbed his appetite to suit up again.

"I got a lot of my frustrations out in the Arena Football League," Elway said. "Realizing that once the ball kicks off, you really don't have much control. For me, it's the next best thing, to be able to have some of the control outside the lines. You have none inside.

"I enjoyed doing this. Now, I will say this, being in my position is a heck of a lot better on the body than the old job. But I think mentally it's still just as tough, with the wins and the losses."

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END OF DAWKINS?: Brian Dawkins was an inspirational leader on the field for the Broncos until a late-season neck injury sidelined the 16-year veteran.

Might this have been the final chapter of Dawkins' career?

Champ Bailey doesn't believe so. He anticipates Dawkins to be back next season.

"I know he doesn't want to end like this," Bailey said. "But, you know, the past three years have been great. There's not a better teammate I've had. He's bar none one of the best teammates ever."

Coach John Fox couldn't agree more.

"I'm not sure there's a more respected guy in this building. He's been tremendous," Fox said. "He was tremendous even not being able to play down the stretch. I've got the utmost respect for Brian. I know our team and this building and really the entire city of Denver does."

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ON THE MEND: Broncos general manager Brian Xanders sounded encouraged that many of the players who finished the season on injured reserve would be ready for training camp. That possibly includes tailback Knowshon Moreno, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at Kansas City on Nov. 13.

"We'll obviously monitor their progress as we go through the offseason, but we hope the best for them and we have some time," Xanders said. "It will be good to see them come back for training camp."

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