Tag:Josh McDaniels
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:24 am

McDaniels takes a bath on Colorado mansion

McDanielsPosted by Josh Katzowitz

At this point, Josh McDaniels will be happy to be done completely with the state of Colorado.

He was fired as head coach of the Broncos (as you know, he was hired as the Rams offensive coordinator), his first-round selection of Tim Tebow has made him look foolish (Tebow is now a third-stringer!), and now, he’s got real estate problems as well.

According to TMZ, McDaniels lost more than $500,000 on his Denver-area home when he recently sold it.

He bought the 5,685 square foot Greenwood Village for $2.5 million in 2009, and he sold it for $1.95 million. Which is brutal, but it is a buyer’s market, so he shouldn’t have been too surprised to take a hit.

But hopefully he get some consolation from the fact he’s coaching Sam Bradford. You know, a real first-round draft pick.

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Posted on: August 22, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 3:39 pm

John Fox: Kyle Orton to be Broncos starter

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So much for Tim Tebow as the Broncos starting quarterback. So much for Denver trying to trade away Kyle Orton. While perhaps those were decisions former coach Josh McDaniels would have made, those scenarios didn’t interest John Fox.

Which is why he told reporters today, via the Denver Post, that Orton will be his starting quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season.

Broncos and Quarterbacks
This shouldn’t be a huge surprise, because it’s been clear since the first practice of training camp that Orton was many levels ahead of Tim Tebow when it came to performing as a legit starting NFL quarterback (and, you know, when Fox called Tebow “a work in progress,” that wasn’t great news for him either). In the second preseason game, Orton completed 10 of 13 passes to seal his spot.

Meanwhile, Fox said he wasn’t going to name a second-string quarterback any time soon, though it’s clear that it very well could be Brady Quinn, who played well in the second preseason game after he replaced Orton.

Another sign that Quinn could be No. 2 was when the Denver Post’s Jeff Legwold wrote, “The feeling is that if Orton got injured in a regular-season game, it would be Quinn who would go in for him because of his experience. Quinn has shown big-time improvement over last season when previous coach Josh McDaniels rarely worked him in practices -- Quinn called 2010 a 'very, very tough year' -- and may have the most raw arm strength of any Broncos quarterback."

For now, it seems like Tebow has fallen to third on the depth chart, and he’s got many miles to go to catch Orton.

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Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:36 am

Todd Haley now upset with John Harbaugh

Todd Haley and John Harbaugh share a handshake and some words (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

During Friday's preseason telecast between the Chiefs and the Ravens, the commentators wondered how Kansas City coach Todd Haley would react to a late Baltimore timeout and a touchdown run by RB Anthony Allen with eight seconds to play in the Ravens 31-14 win.

The producer even made sure to catch the postgame handshake between Haley and Ravens coach John Harbaugh as the two had a longer-than-normal conversation.

Sure enough, Haley was upset, which led Harbaugh to say this to reporters after the game.

"I want to apologize to the Chiefs if they feel like we were not doing the right thing at the end of the game," Harbaugh said, via MASN Sports. "That wasn't the mindset, OK? The mindset was -- this is the preseason. If this had been the regular season, we would've been on a knee. The idea in that situation is to give those young guys who work hard and who are trying to make a football team -- this football team or another football team -- to play the whole 60 minutes and give them a chance to show what they can do. Offensive line, running backs, everybody.

"I know that's debatable, I know there's a point of view both ways, I understand that. But I just feel like that was the right thing to do for our players, to give them a chance to play the game out and see what they can do. So, that was the thinking on that."

Harbaugh is wrong. That mindset isn’t “debatable.” No, that mindset is “perfectly reasonable.” Harbaugh even tried to explain it to Haley afterward.

"I think he said something like, 'I don't know about that,'" Harbaugh said. "I understood, and I just said, 'Preseason, preseason for the young guys.' He said 'OK.'

You’ll remember that Haley got really upset last year and refused to shake the hand of former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels for running up the score on the Chiefs or for McDaniels’ participation in New England’s Spygate or for something. You’ll also recall that it led to this classic picture of Haley wagging his finger in McDaniel’s face.

Haley, McDaniels

Haley later apologized for letting his emotions get the best of him, and the next time the two teams met, Haley and McDaniels did shake. Haley was given a pass because there were many observers who believed he was in the right against McDaniels.

But a preseason game when it’s clear the Ravens are trying to work on their team and see how their bubble players perform on the field? A preseason game that, last time I checked, doesn’t mean anything in the standings? I mean, really?

"Their coach has to do what he has to do to get his team ready," Haley said. "I'm trying to do what we need to do to get our team ready."

And if Haley is preparing himself for a long season of being offended by opposing coaches, he’s certainly on the right track.

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Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 4:31 pm

Could Brady Quinn win Broncos' No. 2 QB job?

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We joked about it on Friday's NFL podcast and at this point it's almost a cliche: you can't go more than a few hours without mentioning Tim Tebow. Sure, we sometimes bring it on ourselves (take this, for example), but most of the time Tebow news is thrust upon us.

Here's the latest in the unending melodrama that has become Tebow's life, courtesy of the Denver Post's Jeff Legwold: 

"The feeling is that if [Kyle] Orton got injured in a regular-season game, it would be [Brady] Quinn who would go in for him because of his experience," Legwold wrote Friday. "Quinn has shown big-time improvement over last season when previous coach Josh McDaniels rarely worked him in practices — Quinn called 2010 a 'very, very tough year' — and may have the most raw arm strength of any Broncos quarterback."

Tebow must reminisce about those halcyon McDaniels days, back when he was still considered the Broncos future quarterback. The problem: almost every personnel move McDaniels made was the wrong one, and that, along with all the losing, cost him his job.

It also cost Tebow his place in the QB pecking order. And now, weeks after it appeared Orton would be shipped out of town and Tebow would move to the top of the depth chart, there's a chance he could find himself at the bottom looking up.

In fact, Quinn's performance -- not only in camp but in the Broncos' first preseason game against the Cowboys where he outplayed Orton and Tebow -- hasn't gone unnoticed.

"I don't know why it is, or exactly how to explain it, but Brady is much better this year than he was last year," Broncos star cornerback Champ Bailey said, according to the Post. "He just seems much more confident."

Can Tebow make it as an NFL QB?

Obviously, the coaching change has had something to do with that. It also helps that he's out of Cleveland where, let's be honest, quarterback are buried not born (although Colt McCoy could be the guy to buck that trend).

To help right what has been a disappointing career, during the offseason Quinn consulted longtime NFL and college offensive coordinator Paul Hackett.

"Paul went through process of where I was, what had happened, and why it happened," Quinn said. … "[He] believes in developing a quarterback first as a human being. How you live off the field is as important as what you do on the field. He was really good as far as helping me with the psychology of playing quarterback."

If living right is a critical ingredient to making a successful NFL quarterback then Tebow's halfway there. But Quinn sounds like he's up for that fight. And he's not the only one. David Lee, a noted quarterbacks coach who has worked previously with Tony Romo, and Peyton and Eli Manning, is wholly impressed. "I'm telling you what, I don't care what's going on up there, but Brady Quinn is ready," he said. "He's ready to play. Brady Quinn is not going to go away. He is hungry."

Depending on how the rest of the preseason plays out, the Broncos could elevate Brady to the No. 2 job. Stranger things have happened. Like, say, Denver drafting Tebow in the first round.

The saga continues Saturday when the Broncos host the Bills.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:55 pm

Hot Routes 8.17.11: Rest in peace, Pete Pihos

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Hall of Fame tight end Pete Pihos, one of the first tight ends used as a receiver, has died at the age of 87. He’s considered by some to be one of the best all-around players in NFL history.
  • Once again, the name of Denver’s football stadium has been changed. If you really want to know what its new name is, click this link I suppose.
  • And speaking of the Broncos, here’s something else Denver recently cut loose. That would be new Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. And he appears to be having some fun in his new job.
  • If Jets QB Mark Sanchez wants to take a run at beating up his coach, Rex Ryan feels pretty good about his chances. After all, he sports a spiffy 1,000-0 record

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Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 4:59 pm

Is QB job Tim Tebow's to lose in Denver?

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Josh McDaniels era began in 2009 with a 6-0 start, but a 5-17 finish sealed his short tenure in Denver, and he was fired with a month left in the 2010 season. The Broncos now have a new coach, John Fox, but many of the problems that happened on McDaniels' watch remain. Chief among them: the offensive backfield. Specifically, who will be the team's starting quarterback in 2011.

Since coming to Denver from Chicago two seasons ago, Kyle Orton has started 18 games and thrown for more than 7,400 yards. He ranked 12th in both 2009 and 2010 in QB efficiency, according to Football Outsiders, yet indications seem to point to Tim Tebow winning the job for 2011.

McDaniels drafted Tebow in the first round of the 2010 draft, and opinions varied widely about not only what type of NFL player Tebow would be, but where he would play. Some thought of him as a wildcat specialist, others suggested he should move to tight end or H-back, and a few teams wanted him to stay at QB. Denver was one of those teams.

NFL.com's Steve Wyche, speaking on the Cover Two Podcast (via Rotoworld), says that "…unless [Tebow] gets hurt in training camp or is absolutely awful," it'll be his job to lose. And a previous report from NFL.com's Jason La Canfora suggested the Broncos will "hold firm" on their second-round price tag for Orton, though Wyche believes the organization would settle for a third-rounder. Denver will then look to sign Jake Delhomme as a mentor once he's released by the Browns.

This isn't the first time we've heard the Delhomme-to-Denver rumors; he was close with Fox when both were in Carolina, and appears to be at the point in his career where he'll happily serve as a backup and mentor to a young quarterback (which is what he ended up doing the second half of the 2010 season in Cleveland, when injuries forced rookie Colt McCoy into the lineup).

It also means that what Fox said last month -- the QB job is wide open among Tebow, Orton and Brady Quinn ("I've said it before and I mean it: It'll be a competition.) -- may still be technically true, but if Orton is traded, Tebow would have to have a miserable training camp for the Broncos to go into the year with Quinn under center. In fact, we don't think Tebow could play poorly enough to lose the gig. Worst case: you put him out there and let him learn by doing. It's not like Denver can do much worse than their 4-12 effort in 2010.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 6:01 pm

Colquitt: Haley mad at McDaniels for cheating

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Todd Haley has been known for his short temper long before he landed the Chiefs' head coaching gig. Five years ago, when Haley was a wide receivers coach with the Cowboys, he and Terrell Owens had a falling out that ended with Owens stating that the two would have "no other dialogue" after Haley berated him for being late to a team meeting.

And then, in January 2009 when Haley was the Cardinals offensive coordinator, he got into it on the sidelines with receiver Anquan Boldin.

We mention this because last season, when the Broncos defeated the Chiefs, Haley refused to shake hands with then-Denver coach Josh McDaniels and instead decided to give him a finger-wagging lecture right there at midfield.

Haley later apologized saying, "I do believe in doing what's right and and that was not right. I probably let the emotions of the situation get to me too much and I apologize to the fans and to Denver and to Josh."

Well, on Wednesday, Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt appeared on the "Vic and Gary" show on 102.3 the Fan in Denver and he had some thoughts on why, exactly, Haley wasn't particularly happy with McDaniels.

“I don’t know if I can answer that within the locker room, but I know that it has something to do with the Spygate, the videotaping,” Colquitt said, according to PFT. “All the stuff like that. And I think that Haley was like, ‘Listen, based on that game I can tell what you are doing, and you are cheating.’ . . .

“I think it was just a culmination of rumors and [McDaniels] had been involved in that in New England possibly before, and so Todd was just kind of saying, ‘Look, with the game plan we had and what you guys already knew we were gonna do, this is’ . . . basically saying it was ‘bush, bush league.’”

So there you have it. According to Colquitt, Haley was miffed because he thought McDaniels, who came to Denver from New England, was cheating. We eagerly await Eric Mangini's thoughts on the matter.

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Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:53 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 9:07 pm

Hot Routes 5.25.11: Mike Kafka's 'next step'

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Mike Kafka told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he's ready to "take that next step" and become the Eagles' official backup. Of course, that presumes that Kevin Kolb is traded. Fortunately, Andy Reid's got his back too. I know that Reid's really good at developing quarterbacks and all, but going from Kolb backing up Vick to Kafka backing up Vick is a significantly different proposition.
  • Is it legal for the younger brother of an NFL offensive coordinator to teach that OC's new quarterback the offense? I mean, it's not, right?

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