Friday, July 17, 2009

The Denver Broncos

I have been reading alot about the Broncos lately, due to WR Brandon Marshall's "situation." Plus my dad is a Broncos fan, so I tend to follow them and talk about them a little bit. But my questions is this: Has one man ever destroyed a franchise in such a quick fashion as Head Coach Josh McDaniels has destroyed the Denver Broncos? I know Denver was already a non-playoff caliber team, so it's not like he crushed Super Bowl hopes. But this was definitley a team that was on the ups and had a great future to look forward to. But, wow, McDaniels, in my opinion has already proven he does not belong on the sideline as a head coach. Why do I say this? Good thing you asked:
  • Say what you want about whether QB Jay Cutler was acting like a baby when McDaniels tried and failed to get QB Matt Cassell from the Patriots. But, why would McDaniels want to get rid of a proven Pro-Bowl QB, and the first guy fans can believe in since John Elway for a guy who has had one good season? This whole fiasco led Cutler to demand a trade and eventually be shipped off to Chicago for Kyle Orton, two first round picks, and a third round pick ( OK, so McDaniels got rid of the face-of-the-franchise guy, but he got a lot of draft picks. There is an opportunity here for McDaniels to make light of a bad situation.....
  • The Broncos had the 29th ranked defense. That is bad. They also signed a handful of running backs including LaMont Jordan, Correll Buckhalter, and J.J. Arrington to go with the backs already on the team (Peyton Hillis, Ryan Torain, and Darius Walker). So based off of these stats and a pretty good first round pick, what should McDaniels do? DEFENSE! Coming from the Patriots he should be well aware of the fact that DEFENSE wins championships. "With the 12th overall pick on the 2009 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select Knowshon Moreno, Running Back, Georgia." WHAT?!?! Another running back? What about DEFENSE, hello what about a Quarterback? McDaniels goes with a running back. A very good RB granted, but not what this team needs. McDaniels messed that pick up, and did not address what the team needs most.
  • As the soap opera continued, the Broncos Pro-Bowl WR Brandon Marshall, began to get antsy. He felt the way the medical staff handled his hip injury (which led to surgery) was inappropriate, so what did he do? Trade Demand. For the second time in the off-season the two best players on the team declared they did not want to be there. Cutler got his wish, will Marshall? Training camps start in two weeks, the Broncos told Marshall he has to attend, and by the looks of it there is only one way to find out what happens. Stay tuned.

So let's recap. McDaniels, hired in January of 2009, has managed to drive the franchise quarterback away, then signing a few too many running backs that simply aren't that good, then despite all those backs drafted a running back with a first round pick, and now driving away the best player on the team in WR Brandon Marshall. McDaniels is definitely not reading the book "Caoching for Dummies." He needs to take a look at how mentor Bill Belichek has been the model of consistency for so many years.

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