Denver's Josh McDaniels: A Defense-Minded Coach?
Many Broncos' fans were clamoring for a defense-minded coach after Shanahan was fired. We were all surprised by the hiring of Patriots' offensive coordinator McDaniels. But after two years, it seems like we may have gotten a defense-minded coach after all.
In McD's first year, it is well noted that the defense got significantly better while the offense got a little bit worse.
Here is the silver lining: McD is also pretty good at offense. While he was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots, they set a record as the highest scoring offense ever. And now, the Broncos have the number one passing offense.
Unfortunately, we also have the 30th ranked running offense, and our rushing yards per attempt are dead last. Let's take that with a grain of salt though. Our offensive line and our RBs are banged up. Our O-line features more than one rookie starter.
Everyone that knows anything about football knows that the running game starts and stops in the trenches (unless you have Barry Sanders in the backfield). Once all our starters are healthy, and the rookies have had time to learn the speed and technique required in the nfl, our running game will probably be significantly better. For example, consider Ladanian Tomlinson's situation. The last 2 years with the Chargers, everyone thought he was over the hill. LT himself kept on pointing to the O-line as the problem. Lo-and-behold, LT was traded to a team with a good running O-line and now he looks like a superstar again.
Here is the point, under McD, the Broncos' defense has undeniably improved, which seems to indicate he knowns what he is doing regarding NFL defense. Additionally, McD is not an inept offense-minded coach either. We have the number one passing defense, and most likely we will have a decent running game to go with that once the injury bug has moved on and the O-line gels.
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