Is Josh McDaniels in Danger of Being Fired Before Coaching a Game?

Aaron LiebmanAnalyst IJune 19, 2009

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JUNE 12:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos oversees practice during minicamp at the Broncos Dove Valley training facility on June 12, 2009 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Following the 1999 season, Bill Belichick was set to be introduced as the new coach of the New York Jets at a press conference. Instead, he resigned from the position. However, he did it for another head coaching position.

In the case of new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, that really doesn’t apply. This is his first head coaching gig, and the way things are going, he may not even be able to get a job as a waterboy. 

The new coach has already caused a stir by flirting with the idea of trading Jay Cutler for Matt Cassel. Cassel instead went to Kansas City, while Cutler found out, pouted, and demanded a trade. And who did they get to replace him...Kyle Orton, the guy who had trouble beating out Rex Grossman in Chicago.

As bad as that was, it might be getting even worse now with the news that receiver Brandon Marshall also wants out of Mile High. This might be the worst situation a first-year head coach has ever faced. Remember, the Broncos did finish with an 8-8 record last season, so there isn’t too much room for error. 

The Broncos had been a model of consistency under former coach Mike Shanahan. Even when they missed the playoffs, they were at least close, for the most part.

Rebuilding in Denver is as foreign an occurrence as going to the beach on Christmas Day. So, the only way McDaniels can really redeem himself would be to improve the team, and that would mean at least a winning season.

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You have to wonder, what else can go wrong here? Or rather, can anything go right for this team, and more specifically their new coach, who is already under scrutiny without having coached a single game? 

Fans and media have been pointing the finger at him for the team’s faults. Of course, if the team improves, and Cutler continues to be a bust, it’ll all be a different story. But right now, Josh McDaniels seems like a coach already on the hot seat.

Perhaps the Broncos will pull a Lakers move and re-hire Mike Shanahan. As of right now, that not only seems like a strong possibility, but maybe the only way to regain the prestige of this franchise.

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