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Don't know what you had till it's gone
You don't just throw out a coach like Mike Shanahan because he didn't make the playoffs. But it happened.
Yesterday's gone and so is Shanahan. The best thing that could happen to this team is to give McDaniels the boot, promote an assistant to head coach and start the hiring process tomorrow.
Denver's out of it. The playoffs are just a dream.
Bowlen needs to accept that Denver is now in full rebuild mode and try to dig out of the hole that he personally dug. Who should coach Denver starting next season? I could just say Bill Cowher or someone like that, but that's not very realistic. Denver's coach should be someone who:
a. Has been a player himself
b. Is not in his mid-30s
c. Is not another Bill Belichick clone
Thank you, Mr. Bowlen. You can go ahead and sell the team now to a responsible owner.