Disaster In Denver IV: The Josh McDaniels Cut

Josh GilchristContributor IDecember 21, 2009

Wow! I knew the Broncos shouldn’t have taken the Raiders lightly. How do they go from busting the Chiefs and Giants in the mouth and competing with Indy to getting upset at home by the Raiders? How do the Broncos let the Raiders run the ball the way they did? How did they let JaMarcus Russell convert on 4th-and-1? How do they keep letting Oakland beat them at home? How do the Broncos have a 1st-and-goal at the 2 and only walk away with a field goal?

I have so many questions. I am flabbergasted. I could take comfort in the fact that Oakland beat Philadelphia earlier this year, which might mean that we have a chance with the Eagles too, but I am not so sure.

I love my Broncos, but I am getting sick of these meltdowns year after year. This is Josh McDaniels’s team with a few of the older fellas, so the failure to convert red zone trips into touchdowns is a McDaniels thing, not leftover baggage from the Mike Shanahan years. All of the penalties on third down, though they did seem to happen a lot with Shanahan, are a reflection of an inconsistent, undisciplined team coached by an inconsistent young head coach.

Coach, I will be patient with you, but this is extremely frustrating. The Broncos got outplayed by one of their biggest rivals, and that really shouldn’t have happened looking at the stats coming into the game. Losses like these were one of the things you were brought in to change.

Now, I am going to be eating a bunch of crow for my trash talk to the Raider faithful this week, and that is not fun. Now I am going to have to give it to them that they seem to have our number the past few years at Invesco. Now I am going to have to acknowledge that they play better than us when they have nothing to lose and we have everything to gain by winning.

Now I am going to have to keep my mouth shut, and not make any excuses for this depressing loss because I am not the type of fan who makes excuses and desperately tries to defend himself and his team.

I am sick of this feeling, but I will endure it because I am a die-hard. I want the best for the Denver Broncos. What happened today was far from that.