Mike Klis of the Denver Post had an interesting comment in his mailbag today when a fan asked him how soon owner Pat Bowlen would expect coach Josh McDaniels to reach the postseason before perhaps looking for a replacement.
Considering McDaniels is entering his SECOND season as head coach, Klis said he likely would need to make the playoffs this year or in 2011 to assure Bowlen that he should be allowed to coach through the end of his four-year contract.
But Klis also raised another issue that involves a coach who’s working for a team 1,500 miles away and a quarterback who’s on the field for a squad 900 miles away. A coach and a player, though, that Broncos fans know very well. They are Mike Shanahan, now coaching in Washington, and Jay Cutler, now playing in Chicago.
From the article:
If the Broncos finish 7-9 or worse this year, and Shanahan's Redskins and Cutler's Bears finish 10-6 and make the playoffs, McDaniels could be in trouble.
I still believe Bowlen would stick with McDaniels given this example. But to do so, Bowlen would have to withstand serious pressure from Broncos fans who would scream for a change.
I don't see this nightmarish sequence happening, by the way. I don't think Shanahan can lift the 4-12 team he inherited to any more than seven or eight wins this year.
In other news in this article, Klis said he believes, under the right circumstances, quarterback Kyle Orton could lead a team to a Super Bowl. Hey, if it worked for Trent Dilfer, I suppose it could work for Orton as well.
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