This is NOT an article written in defense of McDaniels.
Here are my 10 reasons why I think it should be Pat Bowlens turn to be chased out of Denver.
- For having a hands OFF approach to the development of a franchise that has struggled badly since John Elway retired
- For hiring a young rookie head coach without insisting on having experienced personnel around him to help his development.
- For hiring a head coach to install a new approach by building from the draft and run a new kind of offense (in the mold of The Patriots) with out fully accepting that you are rebuilding the team, and that it takes time.
- For not communicating that you are rebuilding, and that there is a bigger plan to what you are doing.
- For not making sure that the whole organization is moving in the same direction.
- For accepting that your rookie head coach is allowed to hire family, friends and "yes-men" around him.
- For keeping John Elway looming around, instead of doing your job and getting involved in the business.
- For firing McDaniels, when the team is really showing good effort.
- For firing McDaniels in a rebuilding phase—before all the pieces for his new system were in place.
- For firing McDaniels for the lack of results when the team has been depleted by injuries to its star players.
With the way Pat Bowlen has handled this from the start I think he is the one that should have been chased out of town.
A note on McDaniels.
- I think McDaniels first mistake was to try and do his job just like Bill Belichick could.
- His second mistake was not to surround him self with the right personnel, people that could challenge him, people that could narrow his focus, experienced people.
- His third mistake was that he wanted to be perfect and not make mistakes.
- His fourth mistake was to be too impatient, putting too much pressure on himself and his players.
But these are all things you can expect will happen to a young ambitious guy, and Bowlen should have known that.
This has been a learning process for McDaniels—it's just a shame that another organization will reap the fruits.