Story to Be Told: A Brady Quinn Failing May Cost Josh McDaniels His Job

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2010

DENVER - JANUARY 03: Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos leads his team against the Kansas City Chiefs during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on January 3, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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When the deal came through the news wire that Jake Delhomme was now a Cleveland Brown and Brady Quinn had become a Denver Bronco, I think I speak for the entire NFL universe in saying that we were all awestruck.

Now that the dust has settled and NFL fans are growing used to the idea of Quinn in blue and orange, things don't seem all that negative for the Broncos.

Unfortunately though, Denver has had a roll of bad luck in recent years, and with fans growing weary of season after season of disappointment, there is little room for error on head coach Josh McDaniels' part. 

Almost like the cursed New York Jets of old, it seems whenever Denver finally looks like making a run toward a great postseason, they fail to cross the finish line and plummet into another offseason of questionable moves.

With the offseason well and truly underway, you can't blame McDaniels for wanting to recruit new talent. Brandon Marshall is being labeled as questionable for his return in 2010, and given Kyle Orton's mediocre performance in 2009, the quarterback position is nowhere near solid.

But in reality, did McDaniels do more harm than good when taking the easy option of signing Quinn? Well, the answer is arguable. Some will say that Quinn does indeed have some talent behind that arm, while others make the strong point that Quinn is one and done and is yet another bust in the NFL.

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Personally, I tend to agree with the second answer. Before anyone gets ready to leave me a nasty comment, let me make this clear: I am not bashing Brady Quinn at all. However, when you have an underperforming quarterback join a team that is lacking offensive motivation, well, let's just say it is a mixture for disaster.

When looking at Quinn on paper, his name seems to get thrown in the mix of players such as JaMarcus Russell and, in some instances, Ryan Leaf. With fans against him and ready to crucify his performance at any unjust time, the future could hold some criticism in store from the Denver Bronco faithful.

But what about McDaniels though? Sure, he isn't the loudest coach in the league by any means, but he sure does draw media attention at the best of times. It seems to be a testy time for NFL coaches. With the new word "hot seat" being thrown around a lot, there is little room for errors and mistakes on the head coaching part.

Tom Coughlin, Jack Del Rio, Tom Cable, and Jim Caldwell, just to name a few are already feeling the pinch of pressure that the offseason brings, and although I am no fortune-teller, McDaniels may just be next on the hit list.

In seven months time, we'll have seen how Quinn can really play. Good or bad, a snap judgment will be made of his performance that will ultimately prove the Broncos to be contenders or pretenders yet again. Whichever one it may be, don't be surprised to see the small headline of "Denver Broncos considering new head coach options" arise.

Ranked 15th in overall offense last year, things need to improve if Denver has hopes of having a word in the AFC playoff picture. That word will have to come from the mouth of Brady Quinn, as his performance could prove to be a "make it or break it"-type year not only for the Broncos, but for Josh McDaniels as well.

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