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Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

Posted on: April 23, 2011 4:52 pm
Edited on: April 23, 2011 5:00 pm
Well, there is one surprise in the latest Brandon Marshall incident, and that's that somebody actually looks good afterward. Would Josh McDaniels, please step forward?

It was the former Denver coach who last year peddled Marshall to Miami for two draft picks, a second in 2010 and another second in 2011, saving himself the fatigue of dealing with the troubled Marshall, as well as the $47.5 million Miami wound up paying Marshall. So the Broncos gained two second-rounders, saved themselves a bundle of money and got rid of a guy who can't stay out of trouble. What's so wrong with that?

If I'm John Elway, the Broncos new vice president in charge of football operations, I send McDaniels a bouquet of roses. He just spared Elway and the Broncos the fix that Miami is in now.

"Guys like Brandon Marshall are always going to get you in trouble," one AFC coach told me Saturday afternoon.

Apparently, McDaniels agreed, sending him off when Marshall became too much to bear. McDaniels was criticized at the time for stripping the Broncos of another playmaker, but he stripped them of a troublemaker, too, and I'll always make that move. Moreover, he gave them two second-round picks and a megabuck savings, and here's to you, Josh.

Just wondering but ... do you think Miami has buyer's remorse? Never has the Marshall Plan looked better in Denver.

I'm not a big McDaniels' fan as a head coach, but I do think he made a couple of smart moves in his short tenure in Denver. He held up Chicago for Jay Cutler, and he held up the Dolphins for Brandon Marshall. Say what you want about the Cutler deal, but Marshall? What was Denver's headache is now Miami's. The Broncos should send McDaniels a belated "thank you" that Miami's problem isn't theirs.
Category: NFL

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:58 pm

Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

Idealogically you are correct.
From a team-building perspective you are correct.

However a bankrupt company does no business no matter how high their ethical or morale standards.
You can't compromise talent for character in a performance based valuation system.  Inferior talent will not succeed in the NFL.  Talent always has ego.  Some more some less but always ego.  The solution is to get someone who can successfully manage those egos and get them working together.  THAT is why you pay coaches like your top talent because that should be their specialty.  Not dumping anyone who collides with their ego.
You say McD robbed Chicago?  Chicago has been looking for a QB since Jim McMahon (thats about 20 years) and even if YOU believe Cutler is not a franchise QB,  Chicago isn't looking anymore so they like what they got.  What exactly did Denver get out of that deal?  The only difference I see is Denver is no longer a bubble team in a weak-ish division they are very clearly today at the bottom of it.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement for "character".

Anyway I think it would be awesome if all these guys were your local neighbourhood heroes but lets face it; they are superior athletes and have been treated as special since they were young and most of them will act like they are better than the rest of us because...well, because WE think they are and allow it.  So we shouldn't be too critical of their character issues when we do everything to reinforce it for them. 

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:58 pm

Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

I am going to reply to anyone that ever says Wins and losses trump character.  As a nation that was supposed to have a certain value systym, it should go without saying we are judged on our character.  It seems we have lost our way and winning at whatever cost is more important.  You are just dead wrong and the ultimate judge of this I feel strongly would agree. 

Marshall needed to go.  He did not represent my team and the city and the organization in a way you would want.  It was said Shanahan was trying to shop him too.  I guess wins trump character in this county now.  How is this country fairing anyway? 

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:16 pm

Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

Getting one thing right doesn't make McDaniels a winner.  Even if you're indifferent to the Cutler situation, trading off a first rounder for a DB that they pawned off less than 2 years later for a low draft pick, moving up for Tebow when they probably could have waited and still got him, and a raft of other poor draft/trade/free agent decisions still made McDaniels a terrible personnel guy.  He seriously set the franchise back, and is the reason they're drafting so high this year.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:12 pm

Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

Where did the Broncos finish last year?When winning in Pro Sports is determined by how much your team stays out of the headlines then they won something.  Until then still a mistake trading away a top 20 WR.No one needs to send McD anything...if his ego has shrunk some he may be useful again in the NFL but he destroyed the Broncos in a very short time.

Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:19 am

Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

Yes, I know the Broncos had a bad two years without Marshall and Cutler. Yes, I know McDaniels got fired. Yes, I know he acted like a fruitcake at times. But as a young coach myself, and one that's watched football alot, has been a student of the game as McDaniels has, and has paid attention to trends, I realize that McDaniels has 3 Super Bowl age 34 (he had them at 30). He isn't an idiot. He ran arguably the most prolific offense in NFL history with a 6th round draft pick as quarterback and a receiver who was supposed to be over the hill as his star pass-catcher and a kick returner from Miami as his slot man. The guy knows how to work with players and work them into his offense. Clearly, the attitude of Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall did not gel with McDaniels. Giving the guy the benefit of the doubt on personnel judgement he's used in the past with Belichick, I don't think the guy was kidding now that we all look back at it. Maybe McDaniels actually changed this franchise for the good. Chicago has all but risen up with Cutler, whatever their record may say is bogus. And you know what? The guy dealt with Randy Moss for 5 years. And he stayed in New England. Guess what, Jay and Brandon? Randy Moss, the guy who yeah, makes all the headlines, has a better attitude than you two, according to a man with three Super Bowl rings. Take it as a blessing, Denver, that McDaniels came through for two years, even if he didn't win, and Chicago and Miami, be prepared for a few more...possibly many more...rough years at a position because it was deprived by young, talented players with nothing but their problem-type attitudes getting in the way.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 10:53 am

Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

The way the Broncos have played the last 2 years, they cant brag about anyone they got rid of. If this knucklehead and/or Cutler was still on the team.. I bet they would have won more than 4 games last year.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 3:08 am

Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

funny when the Hillis trade was made nobody even noticed. later its a big deal. even shanahan didn't chase him.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:17 pm

Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

Maybe make those poison roses for that Hillis trade, trading a 1st round pick essentially for a blacking tight end on the Lions practice squad, Jay Cutler, trading up for Tebow, and so on. It sounds like McDaniels got lucky with this one.

Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 7:05 pm

Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

I think long term both moves will be good. Cutler quit on his team (Chicago) and is a cancer just like Marshall. What's Cutler ever done anyway that everybody thinks he's so great. A nice arm doesn't equal great QB

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 5:43 pm

Marshall Plan makes McDaniels, Broncos winners

Marshall was a good trade, but losing Cutler is still hurting them

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