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McDaniels should root against Shanahan and Cutler

During a tumultuous 2009 offseason, the Denver Broncos fired coach Mike Shanahan, replaced him with Josh McDaniels, and traded away quarterback Jay Cutler. With Shanahan now coaching the Redskins and Cutler heading into his second season with the Bears, McDaniels may want to keep an eye on the out of town scores from Washington and Chicago.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that given Broncos owner Pat Bowlen’s mindset, McDaniels’ job should be safe into 2011 even if the Broncos again miss the playoffs in 2010. But one situation could put McDaniels on the hot seat this year: The Broncos having a losing record while the Redskins and Bears make the playoffs.

The thinking is that Bowlen had a gut feeling it was time to make big changes last year, and if he sees the people he sent packing doing better than his own team, his gut may tell him it’s time to make another change. It may not be fair to judge McDaniels based on things that happen beyond his control in D.C. and Chicago, but life isn’t always fair to NFL coaches.

So while McDaniels will be concerned mostly with his own team making the AFC playoffs this year, he may be keeping an eye on the NFC playoff race as well.

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  1. DonTerrelli says: Jul 14, 2010 7:39 AM

    Orton the Neckbeard will loose his job to Tebow by Week 10.

  2. milehiclown says: Jul 14, 2010 7:50 AM

    That is just made-up “Klis-work.” He needed something to write about and Dove Valley is very quiet just before training camp.
    No WAY Bowlen cans McD that soon. I mean, EIGHT YEARS under Shanny in the post-Elway era we either didn’t make it OR we were one and done.
    He’ll get more time. Klis should just be honest and write: I have nothing to write about today and my ethics prevent me from making things up.

  3. FinFan says: Jul 14, 2010 7:52 AM

    And Dolphins!!!??

  4. afiresnake says: Jul 14, 2010 7:55 AM

    creating another story where there is none?
    Bowlen fired Shanny before he hired McDaniels. And as far as I understand, Bowlen is fine with McDaniels’ approach to rebuilding the team.

  5. PirateFreedom says: Jul 14, 2010 8:15 AM

    I believe PFT should stick to repeating gossip about actual events, generating your own speculative gossip dilutes the value of the site.

  6. db3300 says: Jul 14, 2010 8:30 AM

    Bowlen should also be concerned with how McDaniels has treated veteran players. How many 1st tier players will want to come play for a Belichick wanna-be but without the ability to control his anger? Everyone likes to see primadonnas put in their place but Joshy also wants to take himself and the team down with them. Denver fan had better prepare for some losing because it looks like they’re going to have to ride this out.

  7. b033011 says: Jul 14, 2010 8:38 AM

    Michael, why are you creating news instead of reporting it? There is no basis for this fantasy type article based upon no substance except another reporter’s opinion. I am not even a Broncos fan, but this is just stupid. Bowlen has proven through the years that he is faithful to his coaches. It was time for a change and he will stand by a first year coach.

  8. football genius says: Jul 14, 2010 8:42 AM

    firing Shanny was also a money move. Look at the salary differences in what McDaniels is getting. That’s a big reason that a lot of teams are going with the inexperienced assistant rather than a retread – expensive HC.

  9. MiamiMike says: Jul 14, 2010 8:44 AM

    Without making this a positive/negative thing lets just say the comment is fair. The only thing I will try and give McDaniels is he does not have the experience Shanahan has or the coaching staff of the Bears. Shanahan did not do much for Denver last few years as well. Shanahan lost his job because he was a terrible G.M. not because he was a bad coach. In Washington he does not have all the power which will actually benefit him.
    McDani9els will make mistakes as most new coaches do it’s just Denver fans want wins now. Every year gives each team a chance to improve. All the hype or negative input about any one team really means nothing until the season is under way.

  10. ingreenmts says: Jul 14, 2010 8:50 AM

    Bowlens was an idiot. The McDaniels is just another Belicheat followers that sucks as a head coach…Mangini, Weis, Crennel. They all act like Belicheat but can never produce – perhaps not using the right videos? Why is it that the Belicheat coaches all fail? Bowlens dumped a good qb with great potential, a superior wide receiver and a coach that actually had a superbowl to back up his attitude. McDaniels needs to go back to New England with his tail bt his legs like the failure he is.

  11. READY2CRUSH says: Jul 14, 2010 9:30 AM

    STL 2-14
    DEN 2-14
    CLE 3-13
    CHI 8-8
    WAS 8-8

  12. imissmydeadspin says: Jul 14, 2010 9:30 AM

    creating another story where there is not one. just another pansy ass written article.

  13. dabarber says: Jul 14, 2010 9:31 AM

    The Broncos will be fine. They just signed Jesus to kick field goals.

  14. BleedGreen says: Jul 14, 2010 9:40 AM

    ingreenmts says: July 14, 2010 8:50 AM
    Bowlens was an idiot. The McDaniels is just another Belicheat followers that sucks as a head coach…Mangini, Weis, Crennel. They all act like Belicheat but can never produce – perhaps not using the right videos? Why is it that the Belicheat coaches all fail?
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    Because none of them have Tom Brady, thats why. Bill Belli wouldn’t be so revered if he hadn’t stumbled upon Tom Brady blind in the dark. These other guys are going to TERRIBLE teams, Cleveland, Jets, Kansas City, etc and people are surprised that in 2 years they aren’t winning the super bowl.

  15. Bigrydawg says: Jul 14, 2010 9:41 AM

    Yeah Cutler’s killing it in Chicago and shabby won 1 playoff game after elway retired, Please. I agree with everything McD has done and will continue to do. The broncos are finally heading in the right direction, and whether you like it not last year would be a succes for any first year head coach, not to mention he overhauled nearly the entire roster. Everyone also talks about how he doesn’t pay the studs, but I believe McD has something that many fans and coaches lack, perspective. McD will give Dumervil a fair contract for his abilities, now if doom gets a sack on 2nd down but gives up a 1st down de to poor coverage skills, well then, should we really overpay. McD is truly sticking to his high character team mentality, and is filling the team with skill across the snore roster. Think about the last time we had any backups that were worth a damn, now we actually have depth and a more complete team. I for one am very excited about the prospects of this team for years to come!

  16. BroncoBourque says: Jul 14, 2010 9:49 AM

    @ingreenmts
    I always find it amusing when people call a coach a failure, especially when they do so while talking up the great Bill Belichick. You do realize Belichick went 36-44 in his first job in Cleveland with one winning season in 5 years? He also went 5-11 in his first year in New England. By your standards Belichick should have been fired and called a failure after his first year in New England and never been given the chance to be one of the greatest coaches of all time.

  17. ElwayBronco says: Jul 14, 2010 9:53 AM

    As a Bronco fan I wish the best to Mike. I hope he does well. That doesn’t change the fact that it was time for him to go. Jay Cutler is and always will be a loser. The Bears wont make the playoffs with Cutler at the helm. As for B-Marsh no hard feelings, things were just not working out for both parties. I hope he does well and I wish he never left.

  18. SATAN567 says: Jul 14, 2010 10:04 AM

    @ football genius: you’re not much of a genius, are you? Bowlen still had to keep paying Shanahan’s salary. In the event that Shanahan signed with another team, he still has to pay the difference in the salaries, but he was prepared to pay the whole thing, as he had to be, and the NFL has rules in place that require teams to set aside a certain percentage of these types of salaries in a cash account to ensure the availability of funds to pay the liability. Stick to talking about things you know something about, which may in fact be nothing… genius.

  19. -Slap- says: Jul 14, 2010 10:17 AM

    Bowlen is done spending any money on this team. His actions over the last two seasons have proven that. Of course, football fans are willfully stupid by nature, so it will take forever for most Bronco fans to realize this and even longer for most of them to admit it to anybody.
    McDaniels is an immature egomaniac, but he’s not the real problem. The problem is Bowlen might not sell for a while and there’s no guarantee the Broncos will find competent ownership when he does. I’ve been a Bronco fan since 1976 and the franchise has never been more screwed than it is right now.

  20. -Slap- says: Jul 14, 2010 10:21 AM

    Ssk Shanahan how those NFL rules about ensuring he’s paid by his former employer have helped him in dealing with Al Davis.

  21. CanadianVikingFan says: Jul 14, 2010 10:28 AM

    dabarber says:
    July 14, 2010 9:31 AM
    The Broncos will be fine. They just signed Jesus to kick field goals.
    ————————-
    That is hilarious.
    MDS, do you really think the Bears have a chance to even make the playoffs?? They won’t win the North nor come 2nd in it. They also won’t beat out the other Top Teams for the NFC.

  22. edgy says: Jul 14, 2010 10:47 AM

    I don’t see it. Really, the combo of Shanahan and Cutler dropped the ball 3 years in a row and never produced a winning season, even for his 5 game rookie stint when the team went 2-3. They were in position to make the playoffs 3 years in a row and blew it every year. The Shanahan-Cutler combo plate was 17-20 in 3 years and Cutler is now 24-29. At least when Shanahan rescued Jake The Snake from Arizona, he led Denver to a winning record (39-15 in 4 years, 3 STRAIGHT playoff appearance and a chance at 4 in a row when Shanahan pulled him from the lineup and Cutler took them nowhere).
    I also don’t see the playoffs in either’s immediate future. Chicago has to overcome Minnesota and Green Bay for the division and I don’t see that happening so that moves them into the wild card field and I think that Detroit picks them off for one game and that keeps them around 8-8 or 9-7 and I think that it takes at least 10 wins for the wild card this year. Washington doesn’t have enough to take the division and the wild card is also out of the question.

  23. ingreenmts says: Jul 14, 2010 10:52 AM

    @”BroncoBourque -I always find it amusing when people call a coach a failure, especially when they do so while talking up the great Bill Belichick. ”
    If you recall, I called Bellichick Belicheat . That is not talking him up unless you have some weird standard of up. It is calling him the cheater for who he is. By my standards Belicheat should be barred from football for cheating. Your coach still sucks. Let’s talk at the end of this season when your offense flounders, and McDaniels has been fired.

  24. azwildcats96 says: Jul 14, 2010 10:52 AM

    Wade Phillips says McD has no need to be worried about losing his job after two years.

  25. Steve W. says: Jul 14, 2010 11:00 AM

    Because none of them have Tom Brady, thats why. Bill Belli wouldn’t be so revered if he hadn’t stumbled upon Tom Brady blind in the dark. These other guys are going to TERRIBLE teams, Cleveland, Jets, Kansas City, etc and people are surprised that in 2 years they aren’t winning the super bowl.
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    Actually, it was a now deceased assistant on Bill’s staff that scouted Brady and pushed for Bill to draft him. I forget the guy’s name, but it comes up in the America’s Game that focuses on the Pats first SB win.

  26. ZombieRevolution says: Jul 14, 2010 11:15 AM

    “The thinking is that Bowlen had a gut feeling…”
    This is when PFT is at its best on filler pieces- looking at someone else speculation. Priceless.

  27. John El Way says: Jul 14, 2010 11:21 AM

    redskins AND the bears!?…..PLAYOFFS!?….HAHAHAHA
    see you in 2012 McDeeznuts

  28. Jabberwocky says: Jul 14, 2010 11:33 AM

    @footballgenius/Satan567- he was mainly fired because he refused to relinquish control of the awful defense he attempted to build. Bowlen I believe told Shanny to fire his DC, he refused then got canned.

  29. JimmySmith says: Jul 14, 2010 11:41 AM

    McDaniels has his own share of problems but the Bears making the playoffs isn’t one of them. That’s like asking the Vikings to actually win a Superbowl, a nice thought but a near impossibility.

  30. Brewster says: Jul 14, 2010 11:59 AM

    # -Slap- says: July 14, 2010 10:17 AM
    Bowlen is done spending any money on this team. His actions over the last two seasons have proven that. Of course, football fans are willfully stupid by nature, so it will take forever for most Bronco fans to realize this and even longer for most of them to admit it to anybody.
    McDaniels is an immature egomaniac, but he’s not the real problem. The problem is Bowlen might not sell for a while and there’s no guarantee the Broncos will find competent ownership when he does. I’ve been a Bronco fan since 1976 and the franchise has never been more screwed than it is right now.
    __________________
    Well stated on all counts.

  31. frostymugobeer says: Jul 14, 2010 12:18 PM

    Slap- says:
    July 14, 2010 10:17 AM
    Bowlen is done spending any money on this team. His actions over the last two seasons have proven that. Of course, football fans are willfully stupid by nature, so it will take forever for most Bronco fans to realize this and even longer for most of them to admit it to anybody.
    McDaniels is an immature egomaniac, but he’s not the real problem. The problem is Bowlen might not sell for a while and there’s no guarantee the Broncos will find competent ownership when he does. I’ve been a Bronco fan since 1976 and the franchise has never been more screwed than it is right now.
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    that’s some funny stuff right there……..
    totally inaccurate but funny.
    for the first time in a decade the broncos have a solid vet at qb (who is expected to perform better with a year in the system)
    a good group of young talent on offense
    a top flight secondary
    what should be an improved defensive front.
    the only negative over last year is the possibility that clady could be slow to recover.
    the broncos had a brutal stretch in the schedule last year and should be able to put together a more consistant effort this season.
    i see them winning 9-10 games and likely getting a wild card spot

  32. -Slap- says: Jul 14, 2010 2:58 PM

    A nice helping of the willful stupidity I mentioned earlier.

  33. lolcopter says: Jul 14, 2010 3:18 PM

    McDaniels can sleep well know that Jay Cutler has a better chance of leading the league in turnovers, again, than the Bears do of making the playoffs in that division.

  34. konaehukai says: Jul 14, 2010 4:26 PM

    McDaniels should be on the hot seat. If he doesn’t win THIS year with the team he fields he should be done.
    How do you justify getting rid of Cutler, Bmarsh, Sheffler, and replace them with Gaffney, Orton, Quinn and Tebow? Doesn’t matter of you have Jesus throwing the ball. You aren’t gonna win if you don’t have anyone to catch the ball.
    Both the Redskins and the Bears will have better records than the Broncos this year.

  35. allinSTACKme says: Jul 14, 2010 8:50 PM

    -Slap- says:
    July 14, 2010 10:17 AM
    Bowlen is done spending any money on this team. His actions over the last two seasons have proven that. Of course, football fans are willfully stupid by nature, so it will take forever for most Bronco fans to realize this and even longer for most of them to admit it to anybody.
    McDaniels is an immature egomaniac, but he’s not the real problem. The problem is Bowlen might not sell for a while and there’s no guarantee the Broncos will find competent ownership when he does. I’ve been a Bronco fan since 1976 and the franchise has never been more screwed than it is right now.
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    Are you freaking kidding me with this nonsense? If Bowlen was worried about spending money, don’t you think he would have stuck with Shanny through the duration of his contract rather than pay him AND McDaniels? I can GUARANTEE Bowlen is more worried about having idiotic “fans” such as yourself, than he is about money. By the way, if you’re just going to babble bullsh*t about the team that you are a “fan” of, go do it in front of the mirror where you can find someone dumb enough to listen to your crap.

  36. Mike Daly says: Jul 17, 2010 12:20 AM

    ingreenmts is wrong – Belichick was never a cheater.
    As for Pat Bowlen, what should concern him is this – the Broncos quit on McDaniels the second half of the 2009 season just as they frequently quit on Shanahan the second halves of seasons during his final eight years in Denver.

  37. rollli1967 says: Jul 18, 2010 3:06 PM

    McDaniels will not be able to sleep well at night during the upcoming season. If Kyle Orton goes down all the Donkeys have is Brady Quinn as back-up QB. They then miss the playoffs again and say goodbye to Belicheat prodigee McDaniels.

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