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The Last of Mike

Posted on: June 16, 2009 5:25 pm

Mike Shanahan lead us to the AFC Championship game in 2005. He then proceeded to have one of the best drafts in Bronco History in which he selected...

Jay Cutler

Tony Scheffler

Brandon Marshall

Elvis Dumervil

Domenik Hixon

Chris Kuper

Greg Eislinger

The draft that was looking so promising has been widdled down, and looks to continue that way. Jay Cutler, the pride of Mike Shanahan, is now in Chicago. Tony Scheffler has trade rumors floating about him, and a 1st day pick pushing from behind. Brandon Marshall left Dove Valley with boxes in his hands the other day. Elvis Dumervil may be shoved out of the lineup due to his position change.

Josh McDaniels is undoing everything that Mike Shanahan did. Even the lone bright spot in the last five years that may have kept Mike around for so long.

The Broncos will have a completely new look, feel, and pretty much a new roster heading into this season.

But was it really ALL necessary?

Who's to blame for these players all the sudden being pushed out the door? Is Josh just abandoning talent to bring in his own? Or is Mike to blame for bringing in players who have legal issues and are just full of themselves?


Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2009 12:17 am

The Last of Mike

At this point, I am glad that Cutler is gone. He has great physical talent, but a poor attitude. And that is an achilles heel, especially for a QB. We need to keep the rest though. Even though the new schemes will probably utilize pass-catching TEs less, Scheffler is too big of a talent to let go. Work him into the plan, at least for this season. B. Marsh is WAY too big of a talent to let go, even with the off-field issues that he has had in the past. He HAS to be a Bronco this year, and hopefully for his career. As for Dumervil, I don't think he will have a problem finding a spot on the defense, even if that spot becomes situational. The defense had to get overhauled. Champ and DJ are the only definite keepers, and they are here to stay, so I don't see a problem there. As for the offense, it is also getting a completely new look, not because the personnel are bad, but because the offensive philosophy is very different from what Shannahan brought. It's tough to say if players are getting 'pushed out the door' (Cutler notwithstanding), or if some are just unhappy that their roles will be changing. If the latter is the case, don't let the door hit you in the arse after this season. I like the team-first attitude that McD is promoting, and I think it will be successful if given a chance to flourish (2 years). I also think that Shannahan began to put too much emphasis on talent vs. attitude, and that started to erode the team chemistry. I am gratefull for Shannahan and all that he brought to the Denver Broncos, but it was time for a change. I really don't think that McD is making changes just to put his stamp on the team. There is a method to his madness. I just hope it works.

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