The Downfall of The Denver Broncos (9/3/09)
I've been watching ESPN recently, as I normally would. And I have been following the whole McDaniels-Cutler-Marshall fiasco. I noticed that ESPN seems to take the side of Josh McDaniels more often than not. I constantly hear the likes of Mark Schlereth state that "Cutler is a baby!" or "Brandon Marshall needs to grow up and get back on the field!" (when I know that deep inside Schlereth is sick to his stomach that his beloved broncos are falling apart before his eyes).
See, I think ESPN has it all wrong. I believe the problem herein lies with head coach Josh McDaniels and the Bronco's organization.
Lets go over the facts step-by-step, shall we? First off, if Bronco's management hadn't fired Mike Shannahan, they wouldn't have brought in McDaniels. If McDaniels wasn't brought in, then he wouldn't have opened his mouth about trading Cutler. If he didn't open his mouth, Jay Cutler would still be a Denver Bronco. If Cutler was still a Bronco, Brandon Marshall wouldn't be forcing his way out of Denver. I mean, how do you expect young, rising NFL superstars to react when their organization implodes on itself?
Which brings me back to McDaniels. Why does it seem like the entire NFL thinks that anybody who has any ties to Bill Belichick, will magically turn into him if they make him their head coach? Look at how Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel have done as head coaches.
McDaniels seems to think he is doing the "Belichick thing to do" by cutting ties with his big-ego talent and putting the team first. But anytime you lose 2 Pro Bowlers, you are weakening your team. Plus Belichick never booted big-ego players, he just controls them (i.e. Randy Moss, Rodney Harrison).
What he SHOULD copy from Belichick is his ability to deal with the media. Apart from Belichick's bland post-game interviews in which he usually replies with vanilla comments such as, "we are just looking ahead to next week," you never see him speak to any member of the media. Because of this, the Patriots never have to face any outside distractions. Imagine what it must be like to deal with the distractions the Bengals and Raiders face on a day in and day out basis. Yet McDaniels has went ahead and done the complete opposite. He brought a media circus to Denver, he alienated the team's best players, and he seems to continue to increase pressure and heighten expectations for the team and himself.
Really, anything short of a Super Bowl should constitute in his termination after this season. Unfair you say? Well he has brought it upon himself.
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