Why the Denver Broncos Will Not Fire Head Coach Josh McDaniels

Daniel BogaardCorrespondent INovember 5, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 17:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown by quarterback Tim Tebow #15 in the first half against the New York Jets at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 17, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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I have been reading the Bleacher Report for over two years now, and I have always wanted to contribute some of my own musings. 

Therefore, at the risk of sounding redundant in light of recent articles, here goes: My intention is not to come across as flippant and resuscitate, but the veritable truth that Josh McDaniels has taken a once proud franchise and turned it into a laughingstock.

In that department, I will acquiesce. However, I have read a plethora of articles stating that the Denver Broncos need to part ways with their head coach—effective immediately. 

In all honesty, I believe that Josh McDaniels should be fired, yet I am going to explain the reasons why he will not be fired and save why he should be for another article.


Why the Denver Broncos Will Not Fire Josh McDaniels

There are two reasons why I believe that McD will not be fired, and neither of them have anything to do with the hope that he will right this sinking ship.

The first is financial: The last time I checked, Mike Shanahan is still on Pat Bowlen’s payroll. According to Adam Schefter on BRONCOTALK, one would be hard-pressed to assume that Pat Bowlen would undertake paying three head coaches in 2011.

Some may argue that paying a third head coach a few million dollars may be worth it to Bowlen if it meant saving the franchise; the argument is easy for the individual who is not the one shelling out the cash to make this happen.

With this rationale, one is led to believe that the McD era may carry into the 2012 if Bronco fans do not see the proverbial end of the world first. 


The second reason why I feel McD stays in Denver through his contract deals is because of potential head coaching candidates.

Who’s out there?

In asking this question, I can already hear the antagonists, with their ingenuous acuity, throwing out names like Bill Cowher.

For starters, there is no way on God’s green earth that Bill Cowher would come out of retirement and inherit the mess that has been created here in Denver. If anything, Cowher is biding his time waiting for the other shoe to drop on Wade Phillips’ head in Dallas.

To the naked eye, the Dallas Cowboys are a much more appealing team. On paper, they are clearly more talented than the Broncos, they have a billion dollar stadium and where else would Cowher find more recognition for returning a franchise to the mountaintop than in Dallas?


Other candidates may include Tony Dungy, although that would be a stretch. Possibly Jon Gruden, but he has stated that he loves working in the Monday Night booth, so would he return to coaching?

So, who does that leave then?

Leslie Frazier would be an appealing choice, yet doesn’t that leave Denver in the same situation? Not to mention, he may get the Minnesota Vikings job as soon as Brad Childress gets the axe. I am certain there is a bevy of qualified coordinators out there, but wouldn’t this merely be an exercise in obstinacy?


Part of the problem with McDaniels is that he is too green.

Would hiring another coordinator as your head coach really change the dichotomy in Denver?

In addition, I highly doubt that Bowlen would take another chance on a guy with zero head coaching experience after his experiment at the Day Care has failed. I will not even entertain the notion of hiring a college coach (see: Petrino, Bobby and Saban, Nick). 

In light of the situation, it appears that everyone in Bronco Country will have to ride out this tumultuous wave and hope for a miracle? 

Even so, is it possible that McDaniels keeps his job due to a lack of better options?