Why John Elway went old school while the rest of the league went new school

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Welcome to today’s NFL, or as it should be properly renamed: SMVL, for The Sean McVay League.

The boy wonder out in Los Angeles has turned the league on its head the last 24 months and completely changed the way organizations are building their rosters, coaching staffs and playbooks.

Offense has never been so hip in a league where “defense wins championships” is preached every February.

Look no further than the head coaching hires across the league this offseason to see just that.

Zac Taylor. Matt LaFleur. Kliff Kingsbury. Freddie Kitchens. Bruce Arians. Adam Gase.

Offense. Offense. Offense. Offense. Offense. Offense.

A similar trend accompanies their ages, too: 35, 39, 39, 44, 66, and 40, respectively.

And then there’s the Broncos, the good old — yes the “d” was intentionally left — Denver Broncos out in the wild, wild west.

Of the eight teams searching for a coach this offseason, only one hired a defensive-minded coach.

Of the eight teams searching for a coach this offseason, only one hired a coach with more than 30 years of NFL experience.

The Broncos are, in fact, that one team.

While the majority of the NFL is searching for the next young “hot” offensive mind, one of the greatest, if not the greatest, quarterbacks of all time did the exact opposite.

John Elway hired a first-time head coach, just like much of the league, but he came in a very different form and fashion.

Meet Vic Fangio, the 60-year-old, first-time head coach with 39 years of football coaching experience, including 32 years in the NFL, all on the defensive side of the ball.

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