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Josh McDaniels fired by Denver Broncos

Posted on: December 6, 2010 6:20 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 7:39 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson



The Denver Broncos announced Monday night that owner Pat Bowlen "has relieved" Josh McDaniels of his coaching duties.

This shocking news dropped via the Broncos official Twitter feed and is up on their website with a "details to come" message. This now means that Bowlen is currently paying two head coaches, neither of whom are actually coaching his football team.

McDaniels has a career head coaching record of 11-17, but is just 5-17 since a 6-0 start to the 2009 season. His decisions to trade Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, as well as draft Tim Tebow, drew plenty of scrutiny, and eventually, it seems, he dug himself too deep a grave.

The McDaniels situation is particularly bizarre for a number of reasons, though.

"My decision to relieve Josh McDaniels as head coach was not taken lightly," Bowlen said in a statement released by the team. "I will always be appreciative of his passion, enthusiasm and hard work, and I thank him for his efforts. In the end, I was not satisfied with the results and the direction this team was headed. The decision to make a change was extremely difficult but one that needed to be made for this organization and our fans.

"Everyone, myself included, is accountable for our disappointing season and is now responsible for restoring the culture of winning that has been established by this franchise. Our entire organization is completely focused on returning to the level of prosperity that our fans expect and deserve from the Denver Broncos."

First of all, less than a week ago, Bowlen offered conflicting statements about McDaniels' future (his second straight vote of confidence!), stating that he wasn't making a change in an interview, and then issuing a "we are still evaluating" statement from the team.

Secondly, there's no one on the staff that fits the logical mold for an interim coach a la Jason Garrett or Leslie Frazier. Defensive coordinator Don Martindale was considered a candidate for the Raiders job prior to 2009, but ultimately didn't land the gig. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has done an arguably great job as a pro coach, turning Jake Delhomme and Kyle Orton into Pro-Bowl contenders.

Additionally, the Broncos' roster is, frankly, just a mess. While the guys on the team might work for McDaniels' purposes, it might not be the case for other high-profile candidates: Tebow is a project at best, Kyle Orton isn't the ideal quarterback for every situation, the team has been stripped of its big-name stars, and the assets acquired in those deals haven't panned out to substantial value for the long-term.

Perhaps the roster issues ultimately ended up being McDaniels' demise -- there was much speculation recently that if McD wasn't fired, he'd end up having to cede some personnel power to a new front-office figure. This is pure speculation, but Bowlen absolutely could have informed McDaniels that he was bringing in someone to help him run the personnel end, and McDaniels politely told him that he wasn't real interested in that, at which point Bowlen relieved him from his gig. (Again, pure speculation, but certainly a possibility.)

And finally, SpyGate Part Deux -- McDaniels was at the helm of the Broncos when the team was busted for videotaping a San Francisco walkthrough in London, and although the league and Broncos concluded that he did nothing wrong in the incident, outside of not reporting it sooner, the public embarrassment probably didn't sit well with Bowlen.

It certainly didn't sit ell with fans, who began calling for his resignation shortly thereafter. In the end, McDaniels will be remembered for a tenure in Denver in which his star shone bright and loud (some might say "foolishly brash" even) early, but ultimately ended up burning out and fading quickly.

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I don't know why Orton gets such a bad rap. He's a decent QB, good enough to win with. His stats put him in the top 3rd I believe.

Kyle Orton gets a bad rap because he is completely unathletic and plays like a coward.  He's a hard worker and a nice guy.  He's been billed as someone who won't hurt the team with "mistakes" by which people purely mean turnovers.  Kyle Orton is terrible at picking up third downs.  Opposing teams dial up a blitz and Orton panics and either surrenders in the pocket or scrambles to throw the ball out of bounds to set up the punt.  I say this with recognition that Orton has improved greatly this year.  He has some vertical passing game, which was nearly non-existant last year.  He's meshed well with Brandon Lloyd.  But the legend of his immobility proceeds him everywhere.  Look how many times he has been scrambing and stripped by a DE or LB that easily runs him down from behind.  Look yesterday when even the official doesn't expect Orton to do anything once contacted by a defender and blows the play dead far to early as Orton wildly twirls the ball to Knowshon Moreno for a sure big gain.  Terrible officials mistake, but clearly he knows Orton's history all too well.  Look at the playoff teams from last year and who their QB's are:

Drew Brees
Aaron Rodgers
*Brett Favre
*Tom Brady
*Peyton Manning
Philip Rivers
Carson Palmer
Mark Sanchez
Joe Flacco
Tony Romo
Kurt Warner
Donovan McNabb

These are the kind of guys that make up the top third.  The stats don't matter.  Empty numbers for Kyle Orton that come through volume passing.  Look at the stat known as "WINS" and that can show you where the great QB's are with very few exceptions of extraordinary defenses.


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