This hiring was unbeknownst to Leslie Frazier, Defensive Coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, who was considered to be in contention with McDaniels for the job. Frazier was quoted as saying,
"It would mean a lot to have that opportunity," he said. "I'm not going to lose any sleep. It would be a great opportunity..."
Along with the announcement of McDaniels hiring, is that he will be bringing either Patriot’s Defensive Back coach Dom Capers or former 49ers coach Mike Nolan in as the new Defensive Coordinator.
Many Broncos’ fans (including myself) are disappointed to say the least from this hiring, many of whom wished to have a defensive-minded head coach hired.
I, for one, give it up to Pat Bowlen, who kept his franchise safe from the “racism blame game” by keeping Frazier as a candidate until the end...Too bad he failed to mention to Frazier that he was no longer in contention for the job so he woke this morning to 80 messages on his answering machine about how he feels about being out of the only head-coaching job in which he would inherit a team with a chance of winning (he is favored in the St. Louis Rams & Detroit Lions coaching vacancies...)
I know I’d be excited about inheriting an 0-16 franchise, after all there’s no expectations because your team is as bad as it gets. The players went from playoff contention to stealing their grandma’s pension. But hey, let's not play the race card in this hiring, after all, McDaniels is “hip and young.”
Dre Bly is one who is excited about McDaniels coming to town, as he stated earlier,
"That's enthusiasm, man," he said "Coach Shanahan had a lot of respect. Guys looked up to him and had a good relationship. But with a guy like him [McDaniels], it's like with [Broncos assistant] Jeremy Bates -- exciting, enthusiasm. It's like what Mike Tomlin brings to Pittsburgh. He brings excitement to that team. It's good for our team. And I hope we respond to him."
Well Bly for someone who gave less than 100 percent this year and got torched just about every play, I’m glad you like your coach. Hopefully you get released, re-signed to the Lions, and you can go hang out with Frazier who will make you ride the bench for saying that McDaniels was the right one for the Denver job.
But in the end, maybe McDaniels can bring in the influence that Mike Tomlin has brought to the Steelers, relating to the players on a more personal level. We can only hope that no matter who the coach is, our playoff drought comes to an end.
P.S. I was one of the few fans who Wanted Shanahan Fired.