Denver Disgusted: Broncos Fans Eyeing NFL Draft, Coach to Replace Josh McDaniels

Reid BrooksAnalyst IOctober 31, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29:  Head coach of the Denver Broncos Josh McDaniels speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the start of a team training session at The Brit Oval on October 29, 2010 in London, England. The Denver Broncos will play the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Josh McDaniels needs to get out of Denver.

The guy made for one heck of an offensive coordinator, but his time as a head coach in Denver shouldn't extend past this season.

And despite what Pat Bowlen is saying now, Josh McDaniels has more in common with Wade Phillips and the dismal record of the team he is coaching. Josh is going to be one of the last three Denver coaches to spend two years at the reins. If we're at all lucky.

The guy has undoubtedly made some brilliant moves. The Jay Cutler trade was incredible. He got Denver a better player (in Kyle Orton) and a few high draft picks. It is also undeniable that he knows how to put together a beautiful passing game.

That is pretty much the extent of his coaching qualities, however. And head coaching requires substantially more.

Such as fundamental knowledge of running the football. And a fundamental knowledge of personnel management. Josh has shown that he has no clue what he is doing in both of those areas, and it has put Denver in a terrible spot.

After going 6-0 with the personnel left over from Mike Shanahan, Josh McDaniels has pushed the team into this year's bye week after winning an atrocious four of the last 17 games. That 23.5 percent winning average just isn't going to cut it for any team who wants to go anywhere in this league.

Especially when you play in one of the league's worst two divisions. The Broncos now sit in last place, as a clearly worse team than both the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.

Denver is disgusted.

What is even worse is that Josh McDaniels' player management, outside of the Jay Cutler trade, has left most unbiased analysts scratching their heads. For example, he traded Peyton Hillis for Brady Quinn. And Brandon Marshall for what has turned out to be nothing.

He even went out of his way to trade a first-round pick in the hunt for Alphonso Smith, who he traded after one year, and now Smith looks good.

Knowshon Moreno is the slowest quick man on the planet. The Broncos got robbed on a fourth-rounder for Laurence Maroney.

And trading up to draft Tim Tebow is looking less and less rewarding. A lot of Denver fans are calling for the unpolished rookie to start, which makes absolutely no sense as the only person playing well on the team right now is Kyle Orton.

So essentially, people are trying to blame one of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL for the team's problems, as though Tebow will come in and immediately be the best quarterback in the NFL?

The problem is certainly not the play of the quarterback. The problem is awful coaching mixed with awful personnel management. And that has yielded a Denver Broncos team driven into the ground.

Handing Josh McDaniels the keys to the franchise was the single worst mistake Pat Bowlen has ever made. But I hope Pat keeps him around until the end of the year, just so that this hopeless team can get an elite draft selection.

Since the trade deadline has passed, there is no fear of Josh pawning it off to New England for another worthless has-been.

But it is time to call this guy what he is: another failed Belichick disciple who would make one hell of a coordinator.