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Broncos deserve blame for McDaniels' failure

Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:24 pm
 

I don't fault Josh McDaniels for deconstructing the Denver Broncos. I fault the Denver Broncos.

First of all, they hired a young assistant who wasn't ready for the job. Second, they hired someone who, from all accounts, had limited people skills -- and that's being kind. Third, and most important, they hired a guy who had no previous head-coaching experience and gave him the keys to the store, which meant he not only coached the team but ran the front office.

Yeah, I know, Brian Xanders is listed as the Denver GM, but if you think he made the personnel decisions I have an Edsel you might be interested in.

McDaniels was given too much power for someone who taken a lap at the local track, and I presume that's because he coached under Bill Belichick. Well, big deal. So did Charlie Weis, and he didn't work out at Notre Dame. So did Eric Mangini, and he lasted three years with the Jets. So did Romeo Crennel, and he was out of Cleveland after four seasons.

When teams can't hire the man they want they sometimes hire the system, and it be careful what you wish for. When then-Detroit GM Matt Millen couldn't hire Steve Mariucci in 2001 he chose Mariucci's system instead -- and took on then-49ers' assistant Marty Mornhinweg. He lasted two seasons.

McDaniels was young, smart and way too confident for his own good. I don't know if he's a good coach or not. What I do know is that he's a rotten GM, and I'm not talking about the Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall deals. I'm talking about taking on Brady Quinn for Peyton Hillis and two draft picks. I'm talking about spending a first-round choice on Tim Tebow, a quarterback who barely plays. I'm talking about extending the contract of veteran Kyle Orton after he just hired Quinn and Tebow -- two guys who are younger and play the same position.

But why stop there? He traded away a first-round draft choice in this year's draft so he could pick defensive back Alphonso Smith in 2009, then traded him away to Detroit a year later. He spent $2.5 million to sign free-agent Jarvis Green, then cut him before the season. I think you get the idea. A good GM he was not, yet he was invested with enough authority to hang himself and the Broncos with it.

That he did it in less than two seasons is about the only remarkable aspect of his career.

But let's place the blame where it belongs. Someone had to give McDaniels that authority, and that someone was the Denver Broncos. I'm guessing they did it because that was the setup when McDaniels' predecessor, Mike Shanahan, was in charge of the club, only McDaniels is no Shanahan. The Broncos thought he was. They believed he was a younger version of their former head coach and made the mistake of investing in him the same powers they had in someone with vastly more knowledge and experience of the pro game.

Shame on the Denver Broncos. They gambled on a coach with a future, forgetting that he didn't have much of a past. They gave McDaniels enough power to ruin a franchise, and he did a magnificent job -- with the Broncos 5-17 in his last 22 games.

When Josh McDaniels took over the Denver Broncos, he thought he knew what he was doing. Trouble was, so did the Broncos. But he didn't. He was too arrogant, too immature and too self-absorbed for his own good --w ith one coach telling me McDaniels once claimed that he could take any high-school quarterback and turn him into a Pro Bowler.

I don't know about that. He couldn't turn the Denver Broncos into a winner.

He wasn't Mike Shanahan. He wasn't even Kyle Shanahan. Yeah, so the Broncos throw for a lot of yards. Terrific. They stink. And they stink because they don't have the players to win. That's the fault of the head coach and the GM, both of whom conspired to sink the franchise and both of whom were the same guy.

That shouldn't have happened. But it did. Go ahead and fault McDaniels. But blame the Denver Broncos more for putting him in a position where he could not succeed.

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:18 pm
 

Broncos deserve blame for McDaniels' failure

I kind of agree. It is to early to tell on Tebow, but it was a waste of a first rounder. You only draft someone like Tebow in the first round if you are a good team and you don't need help right away. When the team sucks, you draft people that will help your team right away.

McDaniels only drafted Tebow because Belichick was going to draft him in the 3rd round. The sad thing is that Belickick would have made him a Welker type player and Tebow would have thrived.



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:06 pm
 

The first sign of trouble...

...was trading away a first-round draft pick for a second-round pick.  I'm sure that's never happened before, or ever will again!

Good riddance!



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:39 am
 

Broncos deserve blame for McDaniels' failure

One thing has been made clear: the Bill Belichick legacy of coaches isn't the Bill Walsh legacy. Which would you prefer - Mangini, Crennel and Weis or Shanahan, Holmgren and Seifert?

I will go with the Don Shula tree:  Chuck Noll, Tony Dungy, Mike Tomlin. But I agree the Belichick tree has no branches, just a bunch of roots that don't grow outside of New England.




Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:09 am
 

Broncos deserve blame for McDaniels' failure

Not only a 4th, but I believe a 5th, 6th and 7th to be fired soon as well.  Most likely candidates:  Lewis in Cincy and Singletary in Frisco,   Sparano in Miami and Fisher in Tennessee.



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:40 am
 

Broncos deserve blame for McDaniels' failure

Regardless of how Tebow pans out, he was drafted way too high.  If McLovin had fallen in love with Tebow, he could have traded down, picked Tebow, and get back an additional pick to replace some of the other picks he wasted in trades such as the Peyton Hillis debacle.  That's the whole problem with McLovin.  His arrogance tree often blocks the big picture forest.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:33 am
 

Broncos deserve blame for McDaniels' failure

One thing has been made clear: the Bill Belichick legacy of coaches isn't the Bill Walsh legacy. Which would you prefer - Mangini, Crennel and Weis or Shanahan, Holmgren and Seifert?



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 8:56 am
 

Broncos deserve blame for McDaniels' failure

Judge:   I'm talking about spending a first-round choice on , a quarterback who barely plays. I'm talking about extending the contract of veteran after he just hired Quinn and Tebow -- two guys who are younger and play the same position.

I'm not defending McDaniels in any way - it's clearly a disaster - and the list of problems is long.  But don't use McDaniels as a reason to pile on Tebow in the process because we don't know what Tebow will be yet.  The way Tebow has been handled thus far might be one of the few bright spots in McDaniels' stint!

Sure, Tebow might have been available as a 2nd-rounder.  He might also never live up to being a 1st rounder but that's not Tebow's fault either.  By the time we know whether or not this was a good pick McDaniel's legacy will be old news.  If Tebow is successful in Denver or elsewhere no one will give McDaniels credit for it - it will be Tim's credit and the coach who takes him there. 

Extending the contract of Orton was what you do when you are grooming a young QB.  Quinn is a backup QB in the league and very few, at the time of the trade, were complaining about trading a back-up RB for him.  But that's a different argument.  The point is - don't unfairly pile on Tebow just yet. 

Lastly, I'm also not a Tebow fan but I don't understand how and why so many people hate Tebow (when they have no valid reason to hate). 



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 7:31 am
 

Broncos deserve blame for McDaniels' failure

Has there ever been a year where more head coaches were fired midseason?
Thats 3--Phillips, Childress & McDaniels..

Will there be a 4th?   Hmmm......



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:04 am
 

Broncos deserve blame for McDaniels' failure

are you serious  who would want that job?  Funny coming from a Bucs fan.  Same thing was probably said about your team and look at what happened .  Every job is an opportunity if you have people around you that give a chance to succeed.

Stupid comment.  Reminds of some comments I saw on who will win, Jets or Pats?   So many said Jets, the Pats are sooooo overrated. 

Yea , right. 



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:24 pm
 

Broncos deserve blame for McDaniels' failure

Who would even want this job?  The defense is old and bad and there's not enough draft picks to turn it around.


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