After starting the season off 6-0, the Broncos proceeded to lose eight of the next 10 games for a rocky start to the Josh McDaniels era in Denver.
But the rocky times came far earlier than the four game losing streak that started the Broncos on their downward spiral.
McDaniels started out his first year in Denver by shopping his franchise quarterback Jay Cutler in efforts to bring Matt Cassel over from New England in the offseason.
Cutler didn’t take kindly to those efforts and eventually saw himself traded to the Bears.
With ongoing issues surrounding receiver Brandon Marshall, who was recently traded to the Miami Dolphins, it was apparent that Cutler was not the only one having a hard time adjusting to McDaniels.
Now that McDaniels has personally shown the Broncos top two offensive players the door in the last year He has made it clear that this is his team and things are going to be done his way.
He has begun building “his” team with players that he feels fit the system he wants to run and the character he wants “his” team to possess.
He passed on the troubled Dez Bryant to take Demaryius Thomas as his replacement for Marshall at wide receiver, and then promptly traded up to get back into the first round in order to take Tim Tebow.
Despite questions about Tebow, McDaniels had an excellent draft in 2010 taking character, work ethic players that would remind you of a Bill Cowher type draft when he was building the Steelers back to dominance in the 1990’s.
While things are starting to look up for McDaniels, there will be a great amount of pressure to prove himself, and that the choices he has made so far were the best for his team and their ability to win football games instead of being purely ego driven decisions.