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McDaniels plans to have a lot of No. 1 receivers

When the Denver Broncos traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall, they were trading away their unquestioned No. 1 receiver, who had almost one-third of their catches and one-third of their receiving yards from 2009.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels says he’s not expecting one receiver to step up in Marshall’s place in 2010. Instead, he’s hoping to have a lot of receivers step up in Marshall’s place.

I hope we have a lot of guys that become our No. 1 receiver at different times during the year — a tight end that catches 10 balls, two or three different receivers that can catch that many balls in a week over the course of the season,” McDaniels told the Denver Post. “We’re not looking for it to be predictable or throw it to only one or two players. We’d like to attack the defense with a number of skilled players, and ultimately that’s what we’ll be when we get everybody out there and have time to practice together.”

That sounds good, but the flip side is that the reason McDaniels needs multiple receivers to take the place of Marshall is that he doesn’t have any one receiver who’s as talented as Marshall. The Broncos may be glad to have rid themselves of Marshall’s off-field distractions, but a committee approach can’t replace the contributions that Marshall made on Sundays.

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  1. rydendonkeys says: May 25, 2010 11:52 AM

    Gaffney went off in Marshall’s absence.
    Demaryius could do the same. The WR depth on the team looks decent but extremely inexperianced after the front line.

  2. brownsfn says: May 25, 2010 11:56 AM

    Is this guy really that dumb?!?! I mean seriously is he?

  3. The Oven says: May 25, 2010 11:58 AM

    Sounds like this Hope and Change is going to go sub .500 too…

  4. BRUTUS9448 says: May 25, 2010 11:59 AM

    I’m sure all the teams that have a bunch of mediocre receivers are saying the same thing.

  5. Jeremy F says: May 25, 2010 12:00 PM

    oh really? Multiple guys can’t catch the same number of passes? And why is that?
    Don’t get me wrong I’m a huge Brandon Marshall Fan, but besides the one handed catches that were 11 feet in the air, completely amazing catches… the rest were just regular 5 or 10 yard paterns that even you could run MDS…
    Teams win Championships not an individual receiver… lets not get it twisted. Team first wins games not individual spectacular catches…

  6. James says: May 25, 2010 12:04 PM

    Maybe McDaniels should ask Eli Manning how the #1 receiver by committee worked out for the Giants last year.

  7. certaincoachditka says: May 25, 2010 12:04 PM

    We have many #1 WR=we have 0 #1 WRs.

  8. RayDaMayor says: May 25, 2010 12:05 PM

    Sounds like the New Orleans Saints playbook for spreading the wealth.

  9. TrueN0rth says: May 25, 2010 12:05 PM

    He’s just saying that he’s going to play the matchup game, Patriots style, and aggressively exploit whatever matchups look good each week.
    Of course, Welker and Moss do tend to make for better matchups than Eddie Royal and Insert Rookie Here

  10. shingo says: May 25, 2010 12:05 PM

    McDaniel’s should “plan” for unemployment after this season.

  11. Nik1118 says: May 25, 2010 12:06 PM

    I’m surprised McDaniels wasn’t able to work the words “Tim Tebow” into his interview to increase media attention…

  12. GW says: May 25, 2010 12:07 PM

    54 catches is going off?

  13. Big Stretch says: May 25, 2010 12:08 PM

    McDaniels will be coaching division II in 3 years

  14. Paracelsus says: May 25, 2010 12:08 PM

    I’m no McDaniels fan, but he’s ok on this one. And although they want an upgrade, they are still better than KC, Oakland, and even SD in the unlikely event Vincent Jackson stays away or gets moved.

  15. ShruggingGalt says: May 25, 2010 12:10 PM

    Oh boy. He’s playing Fantasy Football?
    @James: I think you just nailed a new term for this year: #1 receiver by committee
    Add that to RBBC.

  16. Rasta says: May 25, 2010 12:19 PM

    What’s his bitch Tebow going to say about all these receivers

  17. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 25, 2010 12:20 PM

    The Broncos may not have any #1 receivers, but alot of their guys look like #2.

  18. myeaglescantwin says: May 25, 2010 12:23 PM

    Any other probowl caliber players that Joshhy wants to run out of town???
    did Elvis sign yet??

  19. myeaglescantwin says: May 25, 2010 12:27 PM

    they ran out the gates at 6 or 7 & 0 only because noone had game tape on his style yet & that one game they lost if Roy William plays the ball.
    We saw what this team was made of midway through the season..
    this guys is a joke and cant get along with Pre-madonas
    but dikbag this is the NFL. mostly overpaid undereducated kids who have been the stud since high school..
    get real or go back to being the guy who cuts Belicheck’s hoodies

  20. Fetchez La Vache says: May 25, 2010 12:29 PM

    Right now Brian Dawkins is shaking his head and thinking about how this offensive philosophy didn’t work in Philly with a better QB and RB

  21. dlmcc0909 says: May 25, 2010 12:30 PM

    I dont want any of those receivers and especially Orton anywhere near my fantasy team. Eddie Royal was a cadaver for me last year. Demaryius will eventually be good but WR’s rarely have an impact in their rookie year unless paired with a good QB. No one is accusing any of those QBs as being any good. No thanks Denver

  22. answer3 says: May 25, 2010 12:34 PM

    The Oven says:
    May 25, 2010 11:58 AM
    Sounds like this Hope and Change is going to go sub .500 too…
    _____________________________
    Oh, jesus…here we go (rolls eyes)

  23. overkil2 says: May 25, 2010 12:37 PM

    See how that’s worked in Miami the past few seasons. If you have that legit #1 receiver, it makes it easier on the rest of the offense.

  24. Fat_Old_Sun says: May 25, 2010 12:38 PM

    Not drafting ANY Denver players this year for FFL. Not a chance.

  25. CleanSlaton says: May 25, 2010 12:41 PM

    Poor Broncos fans. If any of you decide to expatriate yourselves until the McDaniels-era of Broncos football is over, there’s plenty of room on the Texans’ bandwagon. Gary Kubiak, Rick Smith, [formerly] Alex Gibbs, and David Gibbs were with the Elway superbowl teams…come down and sit on the Texans bandwagon with these familiar faces. Ahhhhhh, feels just like home.
    Poor, poor Broncos fans. Don’t worry though, the rest of the world hates Josh McDaniels too.

  26. LIONPRIDE says: May 25, 2010 12:44 PM

    They traded away two of there most talented catchers and plan on replacing them with scrubs …. good luck with that! The only reason Denver got as many wins as they had last year was because of Marshall.

  27. Belichick Is God says: May 25, 2010 12:45 PM

    The Patrots won their three super bowls without any superstar clear-cut #1 diva wide receivers: Givens, Patten, Branch, Troy Brown, etc.

  28. robert ethen says: May 25, 2010 12:50 PM

    Eddie Royal had almost 100 catches as a rookie.
    Jabbar Gaffney had 14 the one game he replaced Marshall. DeMaryius Thomas and Ed Decker both come in more highly rated than Marshall was as a rookie. Steve Spurrier thought that Kenny McKinley was a better receiver than Sidney Rice. So it’s possible.

  29. mr_snrub says: May 25, 2010 12:59 PM

    It’s naive to think you’re going to get anything close to Marshall’s production from a rookie wide receiver even if he was the first one drafted.
    Speaking of Demaryius, the guy is going to be a huge bust.

  30. promichael says: May 25, 2010 1:01 PM

    I’m not sure that unloading a talented Quarterback and then very talented wide receiver is the best way to build a team. He got draft picks but unless those guys become stars his moves could lead to a short stay in Denver. The Denver Broncos did not make the playoffs and if they again miss the post season, Josh may be kissing Denver goodby. If Josh does not win the owner will be questioning weather he hired to big a personality.

  31. Big Stretch says: May 25, 2010 1:01 PM

    @# Belichick Is God says: May 25, 2010 12:45 PM
    The Patrots won their three super bowls without any superstar clear-cut #1 diva wide receivers: Givens, Patten, Branch, Troy Brown, etc.
    —————————————————–
    Kyle Orton / Tim TeBlow are not even close to being Tom Brady.
    Josh McDaniels has 34 years and 3 Superbowl rings to go before he is Bellichick.

  32. BABRonx says: May 25, 2010 1:02 PM

    Whoever thinks that McDaniel’s won’t be coaching the Broncos for a long time better get their head examined. He is a good coach putting in a great system which will make him a great coach in 3 years….and then….all of you idiots will be saying, I told you so!!!!! Not all of his choices have been taken well to say the least….but really, Jay Cutler, he look’d great last year, Marshall???? he dropped way to many, now he has the money….it will be a burger king bag next time. Good Job McD!!!!! get rid of the trash.

  33. shaslers says: May 25, 2010 1:05 PM

    You know what you call someone who is one of your three #1 receivers?
    A #3 receiver.

  34. Midway Monster says: May 25, 2010 1:06 PM

    ‘McDaniels plans to have a lot of No. 1 receivers’
    This should also read:
    McDaniels plans to have a lot of No. 1 quarterbacks.

  35. edgy1957 says: May 25, 2010 1:07 PM

    Brandon Marshall did pretty good in his career but let’s face facts: he was a 4th round pick out of Central Florida that had 1 ok season and 1 outstanding season in 4 years. He didn’t exactly wow everyone his rookie year and last year after he was benched, Gaffney came in and had 14 catches for 213 yards.
    Thomas did well in 3 seasons at Tech and when you consider the offense that he was in, he did damn good. 3 SOLID seasons and while he may not get 100, he can still do more than what Marshall did as a rookie.
    The bigger problem is QB. Are they going to screw with Orton’s head and let him dangle or are they going to do the right thing and let him know that the job is his and let him move on. I know that they brought in Quinn but seriously, he’ll just screw it up like he did in Cleveland. It’s best to go with Orton, keep Quinn around in case an injury happens and groom Tebow for the future.

  36. GirthyOne says: May 25, 2010 1:08 PM

    Belichick Is God says:
    May 25, 2010 12:45 PM
    The Patrots won their three super bowls without any superstar clear-cut #1 diva wide receivers: Givens, Patten, Branch, Troy Brown, etc.
    =========================================
    They had very talented 1st and 2nd round draft picks up and down both sides of the line. Denver just lost their stud in Clady. Finishing 2-8 last year, does not make this team look like it’s heading in the right direction and that was with the very talented Marshall.

  37. ZombieRevolution says: May 25, 2010 1:11 PM

    “Any other probowl caliber players that Joshhy wants to run out of town???”
    Not sure if he is going to come close to pulling it off, but he is looking more for team players than ego guys and guys with off-field baggage, like lying about an accident and failing to tell their new team they needed surgery. Most Bronco fans are ready to dump this guyinto deep water- what if he suceeds?

  38. BroncoBourque says: May 25, 2010 1:19 PM

    @GW
    Clearly your reading comprehension needs work. You will notice that he said in Marshall’s absence, meaning when Marshall did not play. In the only game that Marshall did not play, Gaffney had 14 receptions for 213 yards. That’s more yards than Marshall has ever had in a game and more reception than all but 2 game. I would say that is going off in Marshall’s absence but maybe you think that is just expected performance from Gaffney.

  39. acerf32 says: May 25, 2010 2:12 PM

    Marshall was responsible for Bronco wins????
    Did you know he had a bunch of 100 yard games….. none of which we won.
    So, good game for Marshall=loss for team.
    You people seem to have no clue for why the broncos were and weren’t successfull last season. We lost Ryan Harris and Chris Kuper on OL. Would have needed a mobile qb to survive after that (week 7). Then our Defense could no longer stop the run with gimmick blitzes and teams exploited our sub-par D-line. These things have been rectified and we now have depth.
    What McD is saying is the defense will dictate who is the primary target (definition of #1 reciever). Plenty of teams have won the Super Bowl without a #1 reciever. And if you Giant fans want to bring up Plaxico, I’ll remind you it wasn’t him that made that do or die catch. Also, how many times is the #1 reciever the MVP of the SB??? I can’t remember. Anybody?

  40. El Perro says: May 25, 2010 2:14 PM

    Really clean slaton?? Join the Texans bandwagon?? Haha, ok you guys have your 1st winning season and by just one game over .500.. No thanks buddy boy

  41. brownsfn says: May 25, 2010 2:14 PM

    is Josh McDaniels a Ruh-Tard?

  42. spliffbunker says: May 25, 2010 2:16 PM

    CleanSlaton says: May 25, 2010 12:41 PM
    Poor Broncos fans. If any of you decide to expatriate yourselves until the McDaniels-era of Broncos football is over, there’s plenty of room on the Texans’ bandwagon. Gary Kubiak, Rick Smith, [formerly] Alex Gibbs, and David Gibbs were with the Elway superbowl teams…come down and sit on the Texans bandwagon with these familiar faces. Ahhhhhh, feels just like home.
    Poor, poor Broncos fans. Don’t worry though, the rest of the world hates Josh McDaniels too.
    …………………………………….
    you forgot Rick Dennison who might have been a very good choice to replace Shanahan
    week 16 should be the game of the year for a true Broncos fan…the final home game of the season & should the Broncos be in free-fall again it could be a very angry crowd
    I really hope McD proves me wrong but I think we are looking at 4-12 to 6-10 …win or lose here I wish the Texans ( since 2006 ) & Redskins well this year

  43. IV:XXMileHigh says: May 25, 2010 2:57 PM

    myeaglescantwin-
    You’re a douche! You need to learn how to form sentences before you call anyone “undereducated”. I believe you meant prima donna not Pre-Madona, and why would anyone want to get along with a petulant, temperamental person anyways? “No one” is two words and every team in the league had game footage on the Bronx after game one, genius. Damn, they grow ‘em stupid in Phili, don’t they?

  44. patpatriotagain says: May 25, 2010 3:17 PM

    shanahan drafted a bunch of talented “upside” guys who were headaches. cleaning up takes a lot of work

  45. lolcopter says: May 25, 2010 3:19 PM

    The broncos lost every game that Marshall had 100+ receiving
    he is a big loss, but not the entire team. WRs are a dime a dozen

  46. thefloater says: May 25, 2010 3:20 PM

    Soon we will hear about McDaniels plan to unleash his squadron of 4th string QBs upon the NFL!!! Fear Coach McHoodypants!!!!!

  47. Brewster says: May 25, 2010 3:22 PM

    # shaslers says: May 25, 2010 1:05 PM
    You know what you call someone who is one of your three #1 receivers?
    A #3 receiver.
    _________________
    A very funny comment.

  48. Auz says: May 25, 2010 3:30 PM

    McD is a bad-ass. Not sure where all the hate is coming from, the guy has already revolutionized the game with his bad-assery. What other coach gets a team fired-up on National T.V.? McD and the Bronco beasts are looking to whip some mother-fu*king-ass while winning mother-fu*king-games. He knows what he is doing. Look for the Bronco’s to be a powerhouse in the NFL. There are a lot of good teams in the NFL and the Broncos are about to be a good football team.

  49. The Black Cat says: May 25, 2010 4:15 PM

    Coincidentally, he’s also hoping to have several #1 QBs thoughout the year…

  50. VoxVagina says: May 25, 2010 4:27 PM

    @ robert ethen
    You have to realize this was with Pro Bowlers Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. Cutler had the arm and accuracy to get it to Royal, who was usually open when Marshall was double teamed. Royal benefitted from having a great receiver across from him. It will be very tough to put up those numbers without a better QB or #1 WR, though he has potential

  51. Bious says: May 25, 2010 4:49 PM

    The Broncos are going to miss BM as their main target
    How many times did he make catches that just shouldn’t have been caught?
    Without that guy, Orton is going to regress badly

  52. edgy1957 says: May 25, 2010 6:25 PM

    Bious says:
    The Broncos are going to miss BM as their main target
    How many times did he make catches that just shouldn’t have been caught?
    Without that guy, Orton is going to regress badly
    **************************
    Here’s the funny thing about that statement: according to Football Outsiders, the guy who benefitted the most has been Brandon Marshall. All of his numbers were up SIGNIFICANTLY with Orton than they were with Cutler.

  53. robert ethen says: May 25, 2010 8:09 PM

    DeMaryius Thomas may be the most physically gifted player in this draft. 4.38 speed at 6-3.5, 230 pounds. Also one of the smartest. 34 on the Wonderlic. Top notch character and he is a good blocker already. Broncos made a lot of noise about Dez Bryant, but obviously this was the guy they wanted all along. I think he will be the best player to come out of this draft, along with Tim Tebow.

  54. Deeb0NYC says: May 26, 2010 1:26 AM

    What most media people dont understand is the scheme of this offense. This leads to the public developing an inference about the broncos or macdaniels. This is a team game. You do not need a number 1 receiver in this offense. Any receiver can line up at any spots and be the number “1,2,3” receiver. Its all about matchups and not being predictable. its all about running a combination of routes that exploits weakness in the opposing defender or defense. Example of this proof is the Patriots offense when they won their superbowls. They did not have a “1” receiver. Team concept.

  55. Brandon St. Randy says: May 26, 2010 2:55 AM

    WR is still not the issue in Denver. Too many question marks on defense to focus on the offense. Free agent signings in the offseason will make or break the Broncos season this year….
    But D. Thomas was in a completely different system in college, there’s no way we’ll know what kind of NFL WR he’ll be. Gaffney had a good game against the Chiefs, but so did the entire KC offense. They won’t be able to win shootouts with the porous D we’ve come to expect. Really wouldn’t be surprised if Denver shocks the league and earns a playoff berth, or if they tank and sniff the butts of the entire league. Stop trying to analyze a team that’s still analyzing itself.
    Huck it, Chuck it, Football.

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