It was just over a year ago, the Denver Broncos shocked the world, and their fans, with the firing of Mike Shanahan. The Broncos made the bold move to go with an unproven coach, Josh McDaniels.
The positive was, McDaniels is from the coaching tree of Bill Belichick. He was believed to have the approval of Belichick as being ready to coach his own team.
In his first season as leader of the Broncos, he has done nothing to prove that he was right.
The Broncos would finish the season with only two more wins, and a lot of questions leading into the future.
During the off season, the Broncos have made a few moves that many people have called questionable.
The two biggest that come to mind, is trading for Brady Quinn. That move in itself could be overlooked, other than not instilling much confidence in starter Kyle Orton. To top it off, McDaniels then traded down, twice, to select Tim Tebow.
Sure, Tebow did an amazing job at the University of Florida. Yes, he won the Heisman Trophy. Yes he won a National Championship. But he was still believed to be a project.
To prove that point, he had to completely change his throwing mechanics. Many scouts believed that Tebow would take at least two years to be able to be a contributor at the QB position.
The most critical position in the NFL, and the Broncos have one of the worst scenarios in all the NFL.
And who ever McDaniels does decide to be the starter, his most valuable threat has been shipped to the Miami Dolphins for two, second round picks.
Add that to Ryan Clady's torn Patella tendon, and the offensive side of the ball for the Broncos has become a serious area of concern.
My prediction: It is going to be a very long year for the Broncos and their fans. Look at the Cleveland Browns issues last year, with another Bill Belichick disciple, and you can see the same problems are starting to take shape.
Broncos will be at the bottom of the AFC West, and finish with a record of 5-11.