The NFL lockout has given many teams an excuse to trim payroll. Cuts (or furloughs) for coaches and staff are reported to have hit the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaquars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay Bucs.
Greedy owners? Sure. Greedier than other teams that aren't cutting payroll? Perhaps.
The Denver Broncos are one of several teams who have said they won't be cutting back.
They should be lauded for the move, but not for some moral, ethical, or emotional argument. They should be lauded because it's smart business.
By keeping the current coaching staff happy and healthy (monetarily speaking), it's going to create a more stable environment at Dove Valley. A stable environment at Dove Valley will translate--even if in a tiny way--into a better coaching staff. It may not be high school football, but even in the NFL, commitment and loyalty still matter.
As Larry Keenan, Executive Director of the NFL Coaches Association said:
If one team is going to cut the defensive line coach 30 percent, and another isn’t going to take the opportunity to cut the defensive line coach’s pay, which team is going to have the kind of cohesive team feeling that every head coach is working towards on his staff?
Given that the Broncos' coaching staff is brand new and behind the curve, they'll need any advantage they can get.
This time, Pat Bowlen and Joe Ellis made the right move.