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Elway on lockout: ignorance is bliss

Super Bowls won: Super Bowl XXXII, XXXIII John

Super Bowls won: Super Bowl XXXII, XXXIII
John Elway lost the first three Super Bowls he played in, but he ended his career with the Denver Broncos with back-to-back Lombardi trophies. In XXXIII, Elway won the MVP after throwing for 336 yards, a touchdown and an interception as the Broncos beat the Falcons, 34-19. Photo Credit: AP

While plenty of front-office executives and coaches have expressed frustration over a lockout that has lasted more than four months, don't count John Elway among them.

The former Broncos quarterback, who joined the team's front office in January, said it really hasn't been a big deal.

"Not having been here before and been through an off-season, it’s probably easier for me than everyone else, just for the fact that everyone else is pretty used to having a pretty unified off-season where everything is on a timeline," Elway said after a seminar this morning that briefed executives on the rules associated with the league's new collective bargaining agreement. "For me, being the first year, not knowing exactly what that is, I’ve always had the mindset, I’m not as in big a hurry to get it done. I’m not as impatient as everyone else because everyone else has been on that schedule before.

"I know [head coach John] Fox is biting at the bit to get busy," Elway said. "The coaches want to find out what's going on and get on the practice field. We’re just waiting."

As for the whirlwind of activity that awaits teams if and when the players sign off on the deal and free agency begins in a matter of days, Elway said the Broncos will be ready.

"We’ve been going over it for seven months," he said. "As soon as they shoot the gun off, we’ll be ready." 

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