Yep, I screwed up pretty bad...
First off, props to the Raiders. They would have beat anyone Sunday. From start to finish the Raiders outcoached and outplayed the Broncos. It was over before it began.
Then again, pretty much anyone would have beat this Josh McDaniels-coached team today.
With Denver's and San Diego's demises, the Chiefs and Raiders will duel for the AFC West crown.
Oakland did its homework. The Raiders had a bad outing last week against the Niners, and they learned from their mistakes.
While they were building a big lead, their play-calling was innovative and productive. Denver's play-calling was predictable and has been predictable all season long.
From the first drive on when Zach Miller was left wide open to all of the missed blocking assignments that let the Raiders have numerous free runs at Orton, the Raiders showed that they were superior in the coaching department.
Mike Shanahan had his fair share of losses. Some of these losses were very lopsided.
But nothing like this.
This was against a team that has historically been the doormat of the league, not a great team. Heck, the Raiders failed to put up 20 points against a 1-5 Niners team last week and gave San Fran its first win of the season.
Additionally, this was a must-win game. It's one thing when one player, such as the quarterback, has a bad game. It's another thing when the whole team has a bad game.
It's obvious that there is no leadership from the coaching position. How could there be? How is a NFL player going to look up to someone who never played a down of college football in his life?
We miss you...
McDaniels has no clue about personnel. Without belaboring the point, I'll just throw out some names: Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler, Robert Ayers, Alphonso Smith, Robert Quinn, Brady Quinn, Jamal Williams, Jarvis Green.
But the real stinger is the virtual swap of Peyton Hillis for Knowshon Moreno. You can see that not only is Hillis a more productive player, but Denver used last year's 12th overall pick to get Moreno when it already had Hillis on the roster.
The sad fact is McDaniels dismantled a very good team so he could bring in his players. It was done to stroke his own ego, not to win games.
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.