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Mike Shanahan was fired in January 2009 after a run of mediocrity and McDaniels was plucked from Bill Belichick’s staff in New England, but his reign was marred by personnel miscalculations that led to a one-dimensional offense and a dismal defense that ranked last in the league.

The Broncos have just six picks in April’s draft, although half of them are among the top 50 selections, including the No. 2 overall pick that they might use to select Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers if they don’t try to trade down for a package of picks instead.

The Broncos have won just one playoff game since Elway retired in 1999 following his second straight Super Bowl title, and they haven’t reached the postseason in five years.

“This is a mountain that I am ready to climb,” Elway said.