Josh McDaniels is a good coach as far as game planning and the little details in game planning. He has great planning abilities according to the opponent and even when weather is a factor. He coordinates well and game plans with great execution. Yet all of these things are not what makes up a head coach. It's what makes a great coordinator as he was in New England.
He was a great coordinator, but as far as I can see. He has horrible coaching skills. Great coaches and even bad ones for that matter. Find ways to communicate with their players. As evident, The franchise quarterback at that time Jay Cutler, and Josh McDaniels lost all faith in each other due to communication. Or lack there of. Brandon Marshall also had problems with McDaniels because he said he was lied to by McDaniels as well. He had many reasons to be out of Denver, but the most popular one, was simple. He did not get along with McDaniels. Tony Sheffler, and Peyton Hillis also cleared their lockers right after the last game of the 09 season.Privately there was a divide in the locker room last season, and the coach used bad judgement when he listened to some players and not others. So his way of dealing with this, trade them all away.
Tony Sheffler was a very versatile tight end, yet he traded him. To Detroit for a draft choice. He then trade up in the draft to draft CB Alphonso Smith. That was a second round pick that did not work out. As a result he then traded Alphonso Smith to Detroit for back up tight end Grankowski. So he did allot of maneuvering, to create a need that his actions created. That Alphonso Smith pick could of been useful in true needs the Broncos have had for a few years now. A defensive end that can rush the passer. Hillis was also a very productive as a return man as well as a runner, with the ability to catch and block. traded away to Cleveland for Brady Quin. Now the need for a Peyton Hillis is very evident. No power running or running game in existence now, as Hillis continues to flourish in Cleveland. Oh yeah, that Brady Quin, looked good until the drafting of Tim Tebow. Creating a very crowded Quarterback position, that included 09 draftee, Tom Brandstater.
He fired a great defensive coordinator after one season in Mike Nolan. Due to the fact that the philosophy was not the same. Throwing away the fact that the Denver Broncos defense had not looked that good since the championship days. The reason for the late season collapse was due to the ability to not run the ball and keep the team on the field. As the defense wore tired the losses accumulated. This season again, he has had a miserable time trying to run the ball. He traded for one of his former players in Laurence Maroney. They brought in LenDale White in the offseason and had a stable full of backs. Including Knowshon Moreno. The problem is the offensive line. He got rid of the line that was in place, with the exception of a few, and the blocking scheme is not working at all.
In plain words, he is not getting the job done in all phases of coaching. he is great as a coordinator and right now he is learning on the job. His ego is not allowing him to receive input from his team, as well as players that are of importance. That comes from past success in New England. But he needs time to reflect and realize. It doesn't take your type players and personalities to make a winning team. You do need talent and be balanced across the locker room. It is a business now. The NFL, is cruel in that it will use you and spit you out when it's done. Champions are remembered, legends are loved. bad coaches are forgotten.
Maybe one day Josh McDaniels will have a great coaching legacy, but following Mike Shanahan, and a two time Super Bowl legend. Is not god when you are just learning how to coach. He needs to go!
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