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McDaniels' defense of Dez telling?

Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:46 pm
The weeks preceeding the NFL draft is full of hyperbole and deceit. What NFL coaches, front office executives and scouts say on the record is often less than honest.

Rather than boldface lie to the media members they typically are paid to be honest with, most league members simply choose to not to comment about specific players.

Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli are a few of the more famous examples of NFL personnel who subscribe to this theory.

Denver head coach Josh McDaniels, formerly the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Belichick in New England, apparently operates under a different philosophy, going out of his way to defend Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant.

During his pre-draft press conference with Denver media, McDaniels was uncharacteristically candid when asked about Bryant and the apparently erroneous report that he had been taken off Denver's list of possible draft selections. McDaniels said as much, noting that  Bryant "is on our board."“I think you have to be careful with confusing character issues with some people that made some mistakes,” McDaniels said. ”This guy has never been arrested, he’s never had a drinking issue, he’s never done anything that’s put him in that position. He’s made a few mistakes that he wishes he hadn’t made. But I think there’s a difference. We enjoyed our visit with him. He did everything we asked him to do and had a smile on his face. We enjoyed the entire visit, and he did well.”
McDaniels' admission is interesting. If he hadn't said anything about Bryant, many likely would have assumed that the reports that the Oklahoma State star was off their board were true. End of story.

By publicly defending him and claim that Bryant remains on their board, however, McDaniels could be attempting to create interest in the pick or preparing Denver Broncos fans for the possibility that Bryant will be their pick.

On the one hand it might seem odd that Denver would take Bryant considering that they just got rid of a similarly gifted receiver in Brandon Marshall and his laundry list of character concerns.

It is worth noting, however, that Josh McDaniels' success in the NFL have been tied to two offenses blessed with spectacular receiver play -- the Broncos with Marshall and the Patriots with Randy Moss.

As talented a coach as McDaniels may be, entering the 2010 NFL season without a headlining talent at receiver might be more risk than drafting Bryant would be...


Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2010 12:29 am

McDaniels' defense of Dez telling?

It took Bilicheck 9 seasons before he broke the .500 win/loss mark as a head coach. Why is it that McDaniels was dubbed an idiot loser his first year in the league? Is it because he trades away problems instead of investing time trying to repair something that can't be fixed? The comparisons between Marshall and Dez Bryant are just plain stupid to those that have really followed the two players. About all they have in common is the fact that they are both very athletically gifted receivers. I highly doubt that the Broncos take Bryant but whomever does will be getting a great player that will prove to be an asset to his team.

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 4:56 pm

McDaniels' defense of Dez telling?

"As talented a coach as McDaniels may be" - What makes this guy such a talented coach? A team that tanked down the stretch last season or the fact that he has gotten rid of the Broncos two best offensive players since taking over.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2010 4:55 pm

McDaniels' defense of Dez telling?

     I predict McDaniels will not be a head coach in the NFL again. After his contract if he makes it that long he will be back as an ass-istant. Has a head coach in his first year ever made so many mistakes? He has no room to talk about character. He dont even know what it means. He left one lying, cheating organization to create a new. Too much power and doesnt know how to use it. In my opinion there is now way a person should be a head coach in the NFL at his age. What has he done? What has he learned? Be careful before you answer. Do you honestly think it was he that ran that offense in NE? Come on Man!!!!! Bowen bought into what NE was selling and its becoming a freaking mess. McDaniels cant coach and hasnt gained the respect of the men he is in charge of. He nose should be as long as the Mississippi River as much as he has lied. After being lied to over and over again people wont respect you. But Mc Dumb hasnt figured that out either.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 4:30 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 4:07 pm

McDaniels' defense of Dez telling?

"He is defending Bryant by pointing out that the kid doesn't get involved in legal issues. Dez isn't getting arrested for resisting arrest or disorderly conduct. Dez's cousin isn't starting trouble in a night club which later would lead to a fatal shooting of a teammate. Dez isn't getting arrested for abusing his girlfriend. Dez doesn't even make the money that Marshall makes yet you don't see Dez getting in trouble for not having insurance. You don't see Dez going to court over alcohol related incidents."

Everyone needs to look at this point right here that you make about Marshall.  It's a laundry list of problems that were off the field issues with Marshall.  If he was like this off the field he was like this on the field and in the Locker room.  Good Bye Marshall your problems have now become the Dolphins.  People are quick to put the tag "Character Issues" on Dez Bryant.  He lied about eating dinner with  Deion Sanders, not any sexual assaults, or any repeated domestic problems.  And I actually think that a WR in the second round would be a better choice rather than the first

I also like the way the NFL and team organizations has handled the players that are problems to the organization.  Everyone of us has a certain standard at work and will be enforced by the powers to be.  Not only has the Broncos been dealing out their problems to other teams but the Steelers has been as well.  The Steelers Big Ben issues which they have explored trading him as well.  This means a lot to me as a NFL fan.  I want to respect a player not only for his ability on the field but his contributions to society as well.  SO for all of us Broncos (which I have been all my life), we are doing the right thing.  You all blame McDaniel's but you forget this is a large business and decisions are made as a group.  We do have a GM and an Owner in our organization.  We have been so used to Shanahan as both GM and Coach.  SO I'm saying get off of McD's back and stay true to the team you have loved for so many years.  We are not the only teams in the league to demand quality players/people with Multi-million dollar contracts.

Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 4:07 pm

McDaniels' defense of Dez telling?

First off, Marshall was arrested for domestic violence, more than once.  Bryant spoke to an agent that his "friend" Deon set up for him.  If you do not see the difference in that, you are a bigger moron than McDaniels.  <br /><br />McDaniels is going about the Patriots way of playing football, team above all else.  The problem is, he doesnt have the Patriots QB, O-line or WR corps.  Sadly, the D is pretty close to each other.<br /><br />Josh McD will be just fine if he has the players that buy into the system and he is given the time.  Pirrahs like you will ensure a potential great coach will last no longer than 3 years.

Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:39 pm

McDaniels' defense of Dez telling?

To the people claiming this is hypocritical of McDaniels. Think about this. Dez Bryant was suspended because he lied about a little thing that realistically affects no one in any negative way. Everyone lies. No harm done (except to his team, and I'm sure he regrets that). As McD said, he has had no arrests. Now we get to Marshall. Screwing around in practice multiple times to get suspended, has had the cops called on him in the double digit times. Multiple alleged domestic violence charges. While there weren't convictions, I have no doubt either things happened or if they didn't, he's an idiot for being with people that would charge him. 
And another thing. Marshall doesn't want to play for the Broncos. Dez Bryant probably wouldn't mind it.  To put everything in an exaggerated analogy. A petty theft vs a murder. Both have character problems. But i think it would be unanimous in saying that one was worse than the other. The Broncos have a lot of holes. But Marshall showed that a top notch WR could hide some of those holes.

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:24 pm

McDaniels' defense of Dez telling?

I remember you, When they hired Shanahan you were saying he was too young, had no real experience, let's bring back Reeves,etc. so give this guy move than a cup of coffee to see what he can do.

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:20 pm

McDaniels' defense of Dez telling?

I remember you, When they hired Shanahan you were saying he was too young, had no real experience, let's bring back Reeves,etc. so give this guy move than a cup of coffee to see what he can do.

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:14 pm

McDaniels' defense of Dez telling?

This kid can play football, PERIOD.  He has never been arrested,cited,charged,held, that we know of so how come he has become John
Dilinger in speedos.  Just like Stephon Curry was not from a power conference and was to short, no upper body, etc and his last game of his first year I think he got shut out, OR he scored 41.  Somebody is going to get one hell of a receiver and next year at this time they will be talking smack about some other kid like they are bum rapping DEZ.  If the first team who really needs help at wide receiver passes on this guy because of all this pre draft buzz, god help them. 

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