Tag:Josh McDaniels
Posted on: October 4, 2010 7:48 pm
 

McDaniels vs. Fisher in a sound bite-off

Josh McDaniels might already be complaining to an official about how dirty Tennessee apparently was in Sunday's game (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Give credit to Broncos coach Josh McDaniels for one thing: he doesn’t care how the rest of the coaching community feels about him, and I guess, in some ways, that’s refreshing.

That must have been his mindset today after ripping Tennessee for what he perceived as dirty play. It’s one thing for Denver QB Kyle Orton to say that, as he did in the aftermath of Tennessee’s win Sunday. Said Orton: "You always hear about how tough they are and all that stuff. I don't think they're tough, I think they're cheap.  And it was one of the cheapest games I've ever seen out of some of those players."

That’s fair enough and actually makes for pretty good copy. But usually – say, 98 percent of the time – coaches stay away from sound bites like that. Not McDaniels, though. Which makes him great for reporters (at least in this isolated case), but I imagine the rest of the league's coaches won't look kindly on those comments.

"I was proud of our team because we knew that was the kind of game it was going to be," McDaniels told the Denver media, as picked up by the Tennessean. "You can put any tape you want to of Tennessee and there’s going to be 10 penalties. You either coach it or you allow it to happen. That’s how I look at that.

"Our guys did a great job of keeping their poise and composure and not getting drawn into a big unsportsmanlike game because I know that’s what they were trying to entice us into doing."

"There’s a way to play tough and physical without being excessive and playing dirty after the snap. There’s a lot of teams in this league that play like that. Tough and physical but also within the rules."

His criticism of Fisher isn’t necessarily unfounded, and McDaniels isn’t the first person to intimate that the Titans aren’t very cuddly. But a coach to rip another coach, well that doesn’t usually occur.

Here’s what Fisher had to say in return: "We play aggressive — we don’t play cheap," Fisher said. "If there’s things after the whistle or during the play, players are fined for them. But we’re not a cheap football team. I don’t know what he’s referring to.

“We did have six sacks against the quarterback and numerous other times they did have some difficulty with protection and blocking our defensive line. Maybe he’s referring to that."

Now that’s how you rip another coach in public. You do it in code. Ah, but McDaniels is young. He’ll learn.

And speaking of Titans coaches who apparently do bad things, the NFL fined defensive coordinator Chuck “The Bird Flipper” Cecil $40,000. He was fined because he violated the rule that “prohibits use of abusive, threatening or insulting gestures toward officials.”

Naturally Cecil issued an apology through the team, saying his middle finger was inappropriate.

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 11:23 am
 

McDaniels shows emotion this week

Denver coach Josh McDaniels showed emotion this week after the death of K. McKinley (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Today, as you know, will be the first game the Broncos have to play following the apparent suicide of WR Kenny McKinley. It’s been six days since the news broke, but the wounds are still fresh, and despite what sounded like an uplifting memorial service Friday, today’s game vs. the Colts will be filled with emotion. 

The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla has a column today saying that it’s good to see some emotion out of coach Josh McDaniels. A tough football coach who isn’t afraid to cry, Kiszla argues, shows how much heart McDaniels has in his chest.

Writes Kiszla:

During this tragic week, he grew up as a football coach.

"It has been a challenge for all of us. No bigger for me or our staff than it is for our team or the people that have been affected by the grieving process for Kenny," McDaniels said.

This is not to guarantee McDaniels can find a way today to beat Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, any more than there can be assurances McDaniels will ever lead the Broncos back to the Super Bowl.

But after watching his eyes mist with pain and listening to his voice crack from emotion while McDaniels vowed the team will get through the death of McKinley together, maybe it's time for Broncomaniacs who hate on the coach for being arrogant and insensitive to start rethinking a position that has been just plain ignorant.


Yes, McDaniels has been relatively obnoxious since he took over the Denver job before last season. Yes, his record stands at just .500. Yes, he’s alienated many fans with his treatment of Mike Shanahan’s old players.

And yes, he’s been great this week, and I believe it’s all sincere. But I bet many people aren’t willing to forget his arrogance and insensitivity and smugness quite yet. Still, if he can somehow find a way to beat the Colts today after the week his team has had, we all could agree that it’d be one hell of a coaching job.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 10:59 pm
 

Teammates honor McKinley

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like the 65-minute Kenny McKinley memorial service the Broncos held at their team facility was touching, and with his parents and six other family members in attendance – flown in by the organization – it brought a sense of closure for his former teammates.

The actual funeral will be held Monday morning in Austell, Ga., near his home town of Mableton, but for coach Josh McDaniels and kicker Matt Prater, it must have felt nice to tell stories about McKinley – who died Monday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound – to begin to salve some of the wounds left by his death.

The best story, though, came from McKinley’s father, Ken McKinley. Read the article in today’s Denver Post. There’s a nice story about a business card and a love of football.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2010 2:17 pm
 

Knowshon Moreno out Sunday against Colts

Posted by Will Brinson

In a surprising move, Josh McDaniels ruled Knowshon Moreno out for Sunday's game against the Colts following Friday's practice.

Apparently, Moreno suffered an injury during Friday's practice that will force him to miss the game, even though he hadn't appeared on the team's injury report throughout the week.

This means the Broncos will lean heavily on backup Correll Buckhalter and the recently acquired Laurence Maroney and Andre Brown.

It also means I wish I could go back in time and not be the only person who selected the Broncos in our expert picks this week . Doh.

Update: Jay Glazer reports on Twitter that Moreno's injury is hamstring related and that he could miss up to two weeks. Stay tuned and we'll have more details as soon as the Broncos make them available.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:52 pm
 

Cutler: Didn't trust McDaniels

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In this Chicago Sun Times feature on Jay Cutler, the Bears QB makes some interesting comments about Denver coach Josh McDaniels.

Obviously, McDaniels wanted nothing to do with Cutler and traded him away. Two seasons later, Cutler says he didn’t trust McDaniels either.

From the story:

''I wasn't his guy, and he told me I wasn't his guy when he got hired,'' Cutler said. ''He had totally different intentions, which is fine. I understood that.''

What Cutler didn't understand was McDaniels' reluctance to own up to the trade talks when the quarterback called to ask his new coach about the rumors.

''He acted like he had no idea what I was talking about,'' Cutler said. ''Then it took him two or three days to finally admit that he tried to trade me.''

Even before a scheduled March 14 meeting -- one that included Cutler; his agent, Bus Cook; McDaniels, and Broncos general manager Brian Xanders -- the young quarterback was encouraged enough that he shipped his belongings from Nashville to Denver. But during the meeting, Cutler was put off by McDaniels' message: Any player, including Cutler, could be traded at any time.

''By that point, I was like, 'You know what? Just trade me now,''' Cutler recalled. '''I mean, just do it now. Let's get it over with.'''

That apparently is not the relationship Cutler has with Chicago coach Lovie Smith. Perhaps it’s because Smith hasn’t wavered in his idea that Cutler, despite a mediocre season last year, is his man on offense. You’ve got to love a coach who continues to believe in you.
 
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Posted on: September 5, 2010 11:12 am
 

A dead money debate

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Mark Kizla of the Denver Post analyzes the moves (mistakes) Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has made in the past year.

First, he traded up to draft Alphonso Smith in the first round, meaning the Broncos gave him a $2.15 million signing bonus. Then, Denver gave Jarvis Green $3.25 million guaranteed. Then, the Broncos drafted Tim Tebow after trading for QB Brady Quinn to back up Kyle Orton.

So, where do the Broncos stand after Saturday?

Smith was traded to the Lions. Green was cut. Quinn has looked horrendous this preseason.

And Kizla is not impressed:

We salute McDaniels for not letting his ego get in the way of ushering Smith and Green to the exit.

But McDaniels had better be right on first-round draft picks Knowshon Moreno, Robert Ayers, Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow. If the Broncos fail to develop anything less than two Pro Bowl players from that quartet in the coming years, then the 34-year-old McDaniels will be long gone from Denver before his hair turns gray.

All of this raised the ire of the Mile High Report, a Broncos blog, on Twitter.

With Smith, Green and the $600,000 in bonuses paid to Brandon Stokley – placed on the IR list until he’s healthy enough to be cut – that’s about $6 million of dead money for the Broncos this season. But as the blog points out, that’s less than what Seattle will pay for T.J. Houshmandzadeh (cut Saturday and owed $7 million guaranteed) and Cincinnati has paid Antonio Bryant (released and paid $8 million).

The MHR makes a good point, but Kizla’s point is well taken also. McDaniels has made some high-profile moves in his short tenure, and some of those moves have not turned out well. If his decisions continue to haunt him and his squad, he won’t be around for the long-term.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 11:33 am
 

Tebow's mechanics up for discussion

T. Tebow still has work to do on his throwing mechanics (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For all the talk about Tim Tebow’s arm delivery and his mechanics and about how subpar they were coming out of Florida, Tebow has made improvements during offseason workouts and training camp.

But when he took the field against the Bengals in the Broncos first preseason game, he didn’t think about any of it.

Writes Lindsay H. Jones of the Denver Post :

His mind was on the Cincinnati Bengals' defense, on trying to mentally sift his way through the Broncos' complicated offense and identify the right play. He wasn't thinking about the angle at which he was holding his left arm, how low or high he held the ball or how long or short his windup was.

"That wasn't something that was going through my mind," Tebow said. "It was more reading the defense and trying to get first downs."

It's a good thing, then, that Tebow largely ignores the world of football commentary, and particularly Twitter, which was transformed into a hub for media and fans alike to critique Tebow's mechanics in real time throughout the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. The consensus from the masses seemed to be, based on that quarter of work, that Tebow the NFL player was the same as Tebow the college player at Florida, at least when it came to his throwing motion.

For his part, Tebow says he doesn’t care what the outside world thinks about his mechanics. He had a nice 35-yard pass to Matthew Willis that was dropped, and his stats (8 of 13 for 105 yards) were fine. Afterward, coach Josh McDaniel said Tebow had plenty of work left to do to fine-tune his game. But he showed some of the skills that led to his first-round selection, rushing in for a seven-yard TD on the last play of the game and successfully showing his poise while running the 2-minute offense.

He’s nowhere near taking over the starting spot from Kyle Orton, but Tebow has shown improvement. For now, that’s good enough.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 10:48 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 11:17 pm
 

Tim Tebow's impressive preseason performance

Posted by Will Brinson

Some folks wore No. 15 Broncos jerseys. Some wore Florida tees. Some did Gator chomps. All of them cheered when Tim Tebow entered the game with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Broncos - Bengals preseason game Sunday night.

There was good reason to cheer, too: Tebow went 8/13 for 105 yards, 0 interceptions, 0 TDs (passing), and two rushing attempts for 10 yards and a TD.

Not a mind-blowing collection of statistics, but certainly something that's worth talking further about. Why? BECAUSE IT'S TIM TEBOW, DUH. And because we've all been so quick to dismiss the possibility that he could succeed at the NFL level. And because we've all been so quick to dismiss the 2010 Broncos. And because it's Tim Tebow, duh.

On the first series -- a three-and-out -- Tebow nearly went up top to Matt Willis on third and five, but the UCLA product dropped the ball near the sidelines and the Broncos punted.

The second series was similar -- also a three-and-out -- as Tebow took a shot downfield to Willis again on third and four, but his pass was off the mark and nearly intercepted.

Nothing that remarkable, but nothing that disappointing -- Willis absolutely should have caught the first ball which would have padded his stats, but those things happen.

Then, on Tebow's third series, the kid saw a lot of pressure. The Bengals brought extra men on first down (an incomplete pass to Alric Arnett), a standard rush that nearly got to Tebow on second down (a six-yard dumpoff to Bruce Hall), and extra men on third down (a 21-yard strike to Arnett on third-and-four).

Tebow got "sacked" while trying to scramble out to the right on the next play. Of course, it wasn't a huge hit ... particularly in comparison to what happened next: Tebow took a snap out of shotgun and didn't see the Bengals bring a cornerback and a safety on a blitz and he got absolutely ROCKED while tucking the ball/throwing the ball.

As you can guess, a defensive touchdown resulted, though it was eventually overturned on a Josh McDaniels challenge. One aborted fourth down later, the Bengals took back over.

Fortunately for Broncos fans, Tebow got a shot at a last-minute touchdown run. That resulted in a pair of passes (one a 17-yard screen, one a 7-yard dump-off) to Hall. Tebow then hit Marquez Branson for a 7-yarder across the middle before nailing Davis on a 33-yard laser as he rolled out to the right.

Yes, Davis got out of bounds, and yes, all of this happened in less than a minute. The next attempt to Branson in the end zone was incomplete, but only by a little bit -- it was eventually challenged.

Fortunately, the incomplete pass was upheld, because we got to see Tebow's first touchdown as an NFL player come in the form of a run, which, as Pete Prisco said on Twitter, was completely appropriate.

It's a run you'll see for the next few days over-and-over again, because Tebow took a pair of hits at the goal line diving in for the score. And it's a play that kind of epitomizes how he plays the game. (Read: Hate him all you want, but he hustles his ass off and is more than willing to sacrifice his body on the goalline for a preseason touchdown.)

Given the way that Brady Quinn played on Saturday -- 6/16 for 68 yards and an interception; that actually looks nicer in print than Quinn did on the field -- don't be shocked if you see Tebow jumps him on the depth chart.

Not only did Tebow look substantially better on the field anyway, but locking in Quinn as the No. 3 quarterback and having Tebow play the backup would make McDaniels' activation decisions on Sundays significantly easier.

From what I saw in the Broncos game, it's not even much of a choice right now.

But maybe I'm just a simple cock-eyed optimistic (a la Billy Mumphrey) who gets excited at seeing Tebow succeed. After all, he did his damage against the Bengals' third-teamers (while getting rocked by some of the second-teamers) and he did have issues with his mechanics, in terms of being able to get passes off quickly.

If his instinctive action when he's faced with heavy pressure from NFL defenses is to extend his throwing motion, life will be a disaster. But he'll also learn to read pro defenses better as time goes on, giving him more time/less surprises.

Which means the Broncos might have something nice on their hands after all.

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