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    Broncos release Chad Kelly

    Kevin Hogan is now the Broncos' backup quarterback to starter Case Keenum.

    Author: Mike Klis
    Published: 8:13 AM MDT October 24, 2018
    Updated: 9:21 AM MDT October 24, 2018


    ENGLEWOOD – The Broncos have released backup quarterback Chad Kelly following his arrest for first-degree criminal trespass, 9NEWS has learned.

    Kevin Hogan is now the Broncos’ backup quarterback to starter Case Keenum.

    Although the Broncos cut Kelly, a team source told 9NEWS they are offering to help him deal with his personal issues. Kelly is a former star quarterback from the Buffalo area and Ole Miss who has a long history of trouble.


    Multiple sources told 9NEWS that Kelly and his girlfriend attended a Halloween party hosted Monday night by Broncos star Von Miller at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood. At some point during the evening, sources said Kelly started acting in a hostile, aggressive manner and was removed to cool off.

    Security tried to keep Kelly within the building to settle him down, but he broke through and ran off outside the building. Kelly wound up a block away at a home in the 3200 block of South Lincoln Street a little after 1 a.m., according to police.

    A woman was sitting on a coach holding her young child when Kelly sat down next to her, according to the arrest affidavit filed by the Englewood police department. The woman called for a man in the house, who entered the living room and confronted Kelly, and the man struck Kelly with an aluminum vacuum tube, the affidavit says.

    Kelly left the scene – one source told 9NEWS he did not know the people inside the home – and returned to the Gothic just as the Halloween party was breaking up. Kelly was about to leave the theater via Uber when he was apprehended by Englewood police and charged with first degree criminal trespass.

    Kelly appeared in Arapahoe County Court Tuesday morning on the charge. He showed up with his girlfriend and attorney Harvey Steinberg and the case was quickly continued until November 8.

    "Mike, I'm not talking,'' Kelly told 9News as he left the Arapahoe County Courtroom.

    The Broncos’ hierarchy – including chief executive officer Joe Ellis, general manager John Elway and head coach Vance Joseph – were notified of Kelly’s arrest before 2 a.m. Tuesday and spent much of the day gathering information on Kelly’s incident and discussing options on the best course of action to take.


    Consideration was given to dismissing Kelly from the team for a week until the team could learn more facts but as the day went on and more information was gathered, the organization decided collectively it was best to make a clean break from its backup quarterback.

    Simply put, Elway reached the conclusion the organization can not tolerate the type of behavior Kelly exhibited Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

    Thus, the Kelly era with the Broncos amounted to one, kneel-down snap. He wasn’t selected until the final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft partly because of a torn ACL and right wrist ligament, but also because of character concerns. He was kicked off Clemson’s team for conduct detrimental to the team. He was arrested for punching out a bouncer in a bar. He was accused of escalating a brawl during a high school football game when he ran out of the stands and on to the field to stick up for his younger brother.

    Elway took a chance on the fiery Kelly, who is a nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, by making him the 253rd and final pick of the 2017 draft. Kelly spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve to mend his knee and wrist, then beat out former first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch during the preseason for the Broncos’ No. 2 quarterback job.

    Through the Broncos’ first seven regular-season games, though, Kelly received just one snap – a kneel-down to end the first half in a week 6 game against Los Angeles as Keenum was getting checked for a possible concussion.

    Keenum was cleared and returned to play the second half. Kelly will no longer have a chance to replace him.

    The Broncos claimed Hogan, a former Stanford standout, off waivers from Washington just prior to the start of this season. Hogan, who just turned 26, played sparingly the previous two seasons with the pitiful Cleveland Browns. The Broncos are expected to add a third quarterback, either to their practice squad or 53-man roster.

    https://www.9news.com/article/sports...y/73-607520910
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    Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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    I don't envy the position it put the team or Elway in, but ultimately, I think it is the right call even if it hurts the roster. Some things are just bad enough that you have to make hard decisions.

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    Chad Kelly era over before it even had a chance to start.

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    Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.M. View Post
    Not defending Chad but Elway has created a precedent with looking past these issues in the past. Russell got a DUI and hit a police car and the organization stood behind him, we sign Pacman knowing his history, keep Gotsis on the roster even though he had his issues, keep Von after the marijuana issue, draft Roby and Ray knowing they had issues... We even kept Lynch for 3 years when he didn't show absolutely anything. I can keep going. Sometimes talent outweighs the baggage the player carries and Chad has shown more in the preseason than Keenum has all year.

    At least we had hope with Kelly here and now that is gone too. We are in a deep hole as an organization, no QB, no coach, no defensive coordinator and no arguably GM. Aside from the Manning signing everything including free agency and the draft has been a failure. This last draft has been promising so far but who is to say that is not viewed as a failure too if Rosen or Allen become franchise quarterbacks and we passed on them.

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    Chad Kelly put up some quality tape at Ole Miss, looked good in the pre-season, and was probably going to start some games this season, and he just blew it, a chance to be an NFL quarterback was in arms reach for Chad. Some people just don't have a personalty that mixes well with recreational drugs and alcohol, I guess Kelly is one of them, what a waste of damn talent.

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    What a Dufuss. Obviously hit too many times in the head in his football career. Had the world by the tail and it smacked him right in the face. I'm like many other Bronco fans and felt he had a real good shot with the team. It's too bad but he'll find a job somewhere.

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    Sad, and one must wonder if this is a mental or physical problem with him. We will never know for sure with all the privacy laws. Just wish him the best in getting the help needed.

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    How did he get in the house? It just says he sat down on the couch. Did i miss something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justabroncofan View Post
    What a Dufuss. Obviously hit too many times in the head in his football career. Had the world by the tail and it smacked him right in the face. I'm like many other Bronco fans and felt he had a real good shot with the team. It's too bad but he'll find a job somewhere.
    I'm sure a Burger King somewhere is hiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Houshmazode View Post
    I'm sure a Burger King somewhere is hiring.



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    Something is wrong with Chad and nothing can be done about it until he admits he has a problem and seeks help.
    "Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus

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    Quote Originally Posted by samparnell View Post
    Something is wrong with Chad and nothing can be done about it until he admits he has a problem and seeks help.
    ^ This I can agree with. In fact I'd argue that if Chad can get him self to that point ASAP, seek help and truly stay the course both the Broncos and Chad would be foolish to not reconcile and keep the recovery public. It could very well end up being a positive for all parties involved if that happens. Sadly VERY few player with what appears to be a drug addiction or at the very least problem come out the other-side fast enough to recover their career.

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    Funny that I took all that heat for my view on Kelly, and most, if not all of it ended up becoming a reality, once again. It’s a bummer, right when I started to become a believer the guy goes and goofs up.

    With that said, I don’t think there is anything terribly wrong with Kelly as an ordinary person. He’s a young man that likes to party, gets a little riled up in the process. Unfortunately, as an NFL QB, you are required to tame it down and mature much faster. That’s where his issue is, can’t be doing stuff like that in the spot light. Ended someone’s him is definitely a no no, but whatever else he may have been doing, not a huge issue as a person. As an NFL player, can’t happen.
    I’d guess he gets it at some point and matures, as most people do. It just takes a little longer sometimes. Hopefully he gets it before his time in the NFL is up. With the state of the ownership, I don’t see Kelly coming back. Might not be the best look at that moment. If everything was straight, it would be foolish not to try and fix this thing.

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