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McDaniels: “I am not going to go chasing ghosts”

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Broncos coach Josh McDaniels could use a win.  Or four.   More than anything, some victories could douse the embers of “Spygate II” before McDaniels’ whole program in Denver goes up in flames.

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post calls McDaniels the “most reviled man” in the city.   McDaniels looks like a “beaten man.”  McDaniels was asked if the events of the weekend hurt his credibility with his coaches and players.

“I have no idea,” McDaniels replied.

The Broncos have become something of a punchline, even in-house.

“Obviously, we didn’t see no tapes,” Champ Bailey told Dave Krieger. “If we did, it didn’t work.”
SI’s Peter King speaks to McDaniels and provides context for the situation in his MMQB column.
“McDaniels seems to know he’s got a traitor in his midst. Leaking what was said in a private meeting — and leaking it with the possible intent of slanting it to make McDaniels looks bad — is a sign that a coaching staff and organization could be fracturing from within,” King writes.
McDaniels said on Monday that he’s not going to spend time looking for the “rat” as Mike Singletary would say.
“I don’t know exactly what that was or who said it and I am not going to go chasing ghosts about what that is,” McDaniels said in comments distributed by the team.  “I have a lot of faith and trust in our staff. I believe in them very much and I know they are going to work extremely hard here this week and the rest of the season as we go forward.”
The Broncos have more problems on the field than they do off it.  They may own the worst defense in the league and the offensive line is inconsistent at best.
Unless McDaniels can find solutions that produce victories, any drama inside the organization almost seems secondary to the failures on Sunday.
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48 Responses to “McDaniels: “I am not going to go chasing ghosts””
  1. polegojim says: Nov 29, 2010 4:01 PM

    McD is done.

    Look for the imminent announcement.

  2. jmac0585 says: Nov 29, 2010 4:01 PM

    Arrogant, self-satisfied, immature fool. Had no business being a HC.

  3. toonsterwu says: Nov 29, 2010 4:08 PM

    When he was hired, I honestly thought McDaniels was an inspired choice for the Broncos. When they added Mike Nolan, I thought … hey, maybe McDaniels is smarter than we thought.

    Everything’s gone downhill, and it’s hard to see him surviving past this year. He’s a great offensive mind, I’ll give him that. He’s molded Kyle Orton into a good QB with fairly average receivers.

    I’ll be curious if he gets another chance soon. He did, after all, loosely stab Belichick in the back, and even Tony Dungy find that to be wrong. That said, Mangini did far worse and he found a suitor. I doubt Josh will get one immediately, but I wonder how long he has to wait.

    He just didn’t seem ready to handle all the personnel aspects. They’ve made some piss poor personnel decisions (trading for Quinn was one issue, trading for Quinn and then drafting Tebow made trading for Quinn look that much worse). The defense is still a mess at all three levels. For all the talk about the Alphonso Smith moves (getting and dealing him), he also made a poor decision with Richard Quinn. Ayers showed some promise, but that hasn’t been great. McBath has been iffy so far.

    I think King is right in pointing out that McDaniels and Xanders was too much inexperience, but didn’t McDaniels loosely force out Jim Goodman?

  4. youngs79 says: Nov 29, 2010 4:09 PM

    This guy has no business being a head coach in the NFL. Fire him and let the fans’ and team healing begin. He is a Coordinator at best.

  5. wvuandsteelers says: Nov 29, 2010 4:09 PM

    he was a terrible hire and just needs to go away.

  6. andyprough says: Nov 29, 2010 4:16 PM

    “I have no idea,” McDaniels replied.

    ===============

    Sound like a head football coach, or a man who is neck-deep in a cover-up?

    Don’t worry Josh – when Scarnecchia writes his tell-all book about the cheating at the Pats and Broncos, you will be able to read it all and then you will have an idea.

  7. larryclass says: Nov 29, 2010 4:18 PM

    This guy was never qualified for to be a head coach and Denver set themselves back 3-4 years by hiring him. I’m not a Denver fan but they should cut their losses and move on with a real coach. There are lots of options out there and with the state of the AFC West, they could be back in the division race next year if they bring in a guy who knows what he is doing.

    PS – Stop snitching!

  8. emk777 says: Nov 29, 2010 4:19 PM

    McD. We all had hope for you, all of Colorado and Bronco nation. You failed us……go away.

  9. laxer37 says: Nov 29, 2010 4:20 PM

    “McDaniels seems to know he’s got a traitor in his midst.”

    ————————————————

    And by traitor he means a guy that doesn’t like to be involved in cheating.

  10. tinopuno says: Nov 29, 2010 4:20 PM

    McDaniels can always turn to Tim for Divine Guidance

  11. mrconnors says: Nov 29, 2010 4:28 PM

    Why don’t you tell us, Andyprough, since you seem to have all the answers.

    Bozo.

  12. nowearman says: Nov 29, 2010 4:30 PM

    The NFL is probably the best place to see the Peter Principle played out, it happens all the time.

  13. Ralphie says: Nov 29, 2010 4:35 PM

    I think the rest of the league would like to know who the Rat is. McDaniels and his staff are on their way out and there will be some talent on the street up for hire next year – for the NFL and for college teams. I’m sure the folks doing the potential hiring wouldn’t mind knowing if a candidate from his staff was disloyal, leaking information, even slanting the information before they made an offer. If somebody did these leaks not just 1x, but 2x as it appears in this case what would make you think they wouldn’t do it again when things start going sideways in their new job?

  14. slay1982 says: Nov 29, 2010 4:35 PM

    McDaniels is finished and I highly doubt he ever gets a chance as a head coach in the NFL again. I hope Champ Bailey can get out of there and go somewhere where he has a chance. This organization is a joke. Go TBOW LMFAO great draft bronchoes.

  15. piccolo41 says: Nov 29, 2010 4:37 PM

    Funny, just a year ago people were spouting off about how great McDaniels was and the steal he made for dumping Cutler et al. Today he and his Broncos are 3-8 and just another dumpster fire in the NFL.

  16. dave0320 says: Nov 29, 2010 4:38 PM

    Haley will eat his lunch in Kansas City next Sunday.

  17. dscib says: Nov 29, 2010 4:41 PM

    Note to Denver: You can’t have Rex.

    Sincerely, NY

  18. milehiclown says: Nov 29, 2010 4:47 PM

    Jim Harbaugh…paging mister JIM HARBAUGH.

  19. xli2006 says: Nov 29, 2010 4:50 PM

    “I’m not going to “chase ghosts” cause that would be dumb… I’d just set up a Video Camera in the Corner and hope to catch the Ghosts that way. A little trick Billy B taught me awhile back.” – McDaniels added.

  20. fectosroad says: Nov 29, 2010 4:51 PM

    Brad Childress and Wade Phillips are available on short notice.

  21. deweyaxewound says: Nov 29, 2010 4:52 PM

    piccolo41 says:
    Nov 29, 2010 4:37 PM
    Funny, just a year ago people were spouting off about how great McDaniels was and the steal he made for dumping Cutler et al. Today he and his Broncos are 3-8 and just another dumpster fire in the NFL.

    _______________________

    Absolutely right.

    And unlike the scorned, jilted-lover-like Bronc fans that CONTINUE to talk their hateful spit against Cutler, we really don’t give a fat fig what happens with the inevitable trainwrecking in Denver.

    Fact is, outside of the casual interest in what becomes of our former players/cast-offs (Orton & Lloyd, who are ironically the ONLY redeeming thing about that team right now), we just don’t care (and especially not what their jilted bitter fans still think of Cutler).

    We’ll take 8-3 with OUR “petulant child” “d-bag” “brat” “tool” blah blah blah blah ANY day.

  22. sourdough says: Nov 29, 2010 4:57 PM

    pilehiclown sure has been quiet lately? guess you can’t blame him….

  23. stealthjunk says: Nov 29, 2010 5:15 PM

    Florio and PFT are getting ridiculous now. Use your brains a little bit here. PFT just wrote a story about how there is a rat on the Broncos’ coaching staff that reported Spygate II to ownership/NFL. If McDaniels really did watch the tape or authorizing the videotaping, don’t you think this rat would have implicated McDaniels? After all, you’re sitting here hyping up how this staffer must really hate McDaniels and how he wants to air his dirty laundry. Two possibilities here:

    (1) The “rat” did not like the videographer. Maybe the guy hit on the staffer’s wife and they wanted to get him fired. Who knows.

    OR

    (2) McDaniels did not watch the tape and therefore the staffer did not report to ownership/management that he did.

    If it’s (1), then your stupid story about the rat hating McDaniels was unfounded. If it’s (2), then McDaniels doesn’t deserve any more punishment than he received for reporting an incident 7 days after it happened. Personally, I think #1 is the more likely scenario. But it makes your conspiracy theory about a staffer hating McDaniels look stupid. Actually, both possibilities make you look stupid — sorry.

  24. mcdeezznuts says: Nov 29, 2010 5:17 PM

    @dewayaxewound:

    We don’t care man. Don’t waste your time. You have a great…er…solid defense and a qb with an incredible arm. How many chi fans called for lovie’s job?

    Fact is we had an all-time great quarterback for 17 years, and while we’ll likely never have someone like elway again, we don’t tolerate mediocrity at that position. Cutler is good sometimes, not elite, and we wish you well. Keep in mind that he had great games in Denver too, but the problem was that potential only goes so far. Hope he gets better but on the field, thinking you can make every throw only goes so far.

  25. knightringonow says: Nov 29, 2010 5:19 PM

    They keep saying/writing there’s no way Bowlen would pay 3 coaches at one time. Doesn’t every twice-divorced husband say that?

    McD is clueless but in an extremely arrogant way. 3-8, 15 losses in the last 20. You’re not even average, pal.

  26. nokoolaidcowboy says: Nov 29, 2010 5:25 PM

    Hey Wade still thinks he can coach. And he is a defense guy.

  27. lowleadman says: Nov 29, 2010 5:30 PM

    Too bad. All McDaniels had to do was win, win, win, and he would be considered a schrewd coach who knows the ropes, can judge talent (Cutler, Marshall) and doesn’t take any crap, like his mentor.

    But display the same behavior and lose, lose lose, and you are considered an immature, condescending, not ready for prime time coach.

    He will be fired after the season, and you will see Josh run a college program before he resurfaces in the NFL again, and I believe he will. Needs more seasoning. Actually, he needs a seasoning rack fully stocked.

  28. backindasaddle says: Nov 29, 2010 5:32 PM

    This is what happens when you give somebody who is not experienced enough the keys to the car. I’ve seen this sort of thing in business. The bright shining young star gets promoted too quickly and because of a lack of experience proceeds to make the wrong decisions and screws things up. McDaniels WAS the shining young star. Now he’s just in over his head.

  29. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Nov 29, 2010 5:35 PM

    andyprough says:
    Nov 29, 2010 4:16 PM
    “I have no idea,” McDaniels replied.

    ===============

    Sound like a head football coach, or a man who is neck-deep in a cover-up?

    Don’t worry Josh – when Scarnecchia writes his tell-all book about the cheating at the Pats and Broncos, you will be able to read it all and then you will have an idea.

    *******************

    You do know that Steve Scarnecchia’s dad is Dante Scarnecchia, the assistant head coach of the New England Patriots and a former marine. That’s right—a marine, as in “Semper Fidelis” (Latin for “Always Faithful”).

    Trust me, even if we were to buy into your wild speculation—or, should I say, wishful thinking—about a “tell-all” book, that isn’t going to see the light of day so long as Dante, now 62, is living. So, don’t hold your breath. In the meantime, sit back, relax, grab a beer, and enjoy watching along with the rest of us the New England Patriots make the play-offs year after year after year—without the “benefit” of videotaping.

  30. Deb says: Nov 29, 2010 5:35 PM

    knightringonow says:
    They keep saying/writing there’s no way Bowlen would pay 3 coaches at one time. Doesn’t every twice-divorced husband say that?

    Great line.

    First the Cutler debacle–and it was a debacle. I thought Elway was magic and don’t like Cutler, but McDaniels was an idiot to spit in the face of a Pro Bowl QB; they’re not that easy to come by. Then the Tebow debacle–and no matter how many jerseys he sells, that was a debacle, too. Now this nonsense. It’s like putting a multi-billion-dollar business in the hands of a 12-year-old. Can’t imagine what Bowlen was thinking. Can’t imagine the Broncs letting this go on much longer.

  31. ijr213 says: Nov 29, 2010 5:54 PM

    Well, McDaniels isn’t going anywhere for another year. But how about taking away some of his responsibilities Jim Zorn style? Fire Xanders, bring in a real GM, take away control from McDaniels, and hope that McDaniels can really coach up anyone.

    That’s my biggest complaint with McDaniels, his inability to build a team. Helluva offensive genius. But the fact that he doesn’t know how to build a team means there is a need for change. Granted, some humility wouldn’t hurt either, but I think some of his arrogance is something that I’ve built in my mind and something the media has made as well.

  32. ijr213 says: Nov 29, 2010 6:03 PM

    What is going to be bad is that McDaniels will be fired and then picked up by the 49ers, Rams, or other team headed by a defensive minded coach and turn their QBs into titans.

    Vikings have to be salivating at the chance to get him.

  33. frankvzappa says: Nov 29, 2010 6:06 PM

    the only question now is how long Tebow lasts under the new regime

  34. giablommi says: Nov 29, 2010 6:57 PM

    “Don’t worry Josh – when Scarnecchia writes his tell-all book about the cheating at the Pats and Broncos, you will be able to read it all and then you will have an idea.”
    ^^^^^
    Maybe their will be a passage about his time with the Jets from 2005-2007, and that time in the 2006 playoffs when a Jester cameraman was filming the Patriots sideline from the endzone at Gillette Stadium in an act of gamesmanship (or cheating, in your naive little world), and was told by Patriots security to cease.

    Of course, since the Patriots don’t have a vast inferiority complex vis a vis the Jests, there won’t be a chapter about the Patriots tattling to the NFL as the epitome of smarminess Mike Tannenbaum and Fredo Mangini clearly felt compelled to do, in one of the more grotesquely hypocritical acts seen in the past decade.

  35. piccolo41 says: Nov 29, 2010 7:26 PM

    A little perspective regardless of who’s under center.

    Since November 1 of 2009 the Lions are 3-18, the Broncos are 5-16, and the Rams are 6-15.

    If McDaniels is knowingly taping anything, he can tape whatever he wants. Remember, it’s the company you keep ;)

  36. dkinphx says: Nov 29, 2010 7:28 PM

    stealthjunk said-
    “Two possibilities here:

    (1) The “rat” did not like the videographer. Maybe the guy hit on the staffer’s wife and they wanted to get him fired. Who knows.

    OR

    (2) McDaniels did not watch the tape and therefore the staffer did not report to ownership/management that he did.”

    You have to think a little more deviously to realize there is a third and fourth possibility that is actually just as likely:

    (3)The “rat” was not in the room when McDaniels watched the film so could not report that he did even though he knew of the film’s existence. The group of people who knew about the taping may be larger than the group who would have seen McDaniels view the tape( would you have a crowd with you when you do something illegal or would you only have a few key people?)

    And

    (4) The “rat” WAS in the room but like (3) above, there were only a few people in the room and if he had stated conclusively that McDaniels viewed the tape, they’d know the “rat” was one of 2-3 people and there would be a much higher probability of being identified as the “rat”. He saved his own ass.

    If I had to choose between the now 4 possibilities, I’m guessing (3) or (4).

  37. ravensrule says: Nov 29, 2010 7:52 PM

    McD has made very bad decisions. Part of being a good coach is working with the talent / personalities you inherit. McD tried to be cute by dropping the best players and starting over…..it takes time to rebuild & this is an impatient league. Bad move & its going to cost you…..

  38. johnniemayes says: Nov 29, 2010 8:06 PM

    Here’s to Jon Gruden coaching Timmy Tebow in 2011.
    Cheers.

  39. mcdeezznuts says: Nov 29, 2010 8:22 PM

    @dkinphx:
    You serious? Like McD went out of his way to make sure the entire staff knew that the walkthrough was taped. I guarantee only a select few even knew about it. And if I had to choose between 3 and 4, I’d say you are an idiot. Are you a judge or something? Have you been blessed with all the facts to suggest that you have the power and reputation to decide whether someone has a serious character flaw? If someone is out to get him, they would share everything they knew and then imply what else they thought and who to pry the correct information from. AND, if the “rat” was in the room when McD watched the film, McD would likely be the one losing his job, thus, eliminating any relevance to the probability that the rat is identified. Get why? Because a guy without a job isn’t going to go search for a “rat” when that rat, even among 2-4 people, is protected (legally) by the NFL.

    And if anyone wants to say that he wouldn’t come out because he doesn’t want to be labeled a rat, just go look at the idiot Michael Silver’s post on Yahoo!, which suggests that a number of head coaches don’t believe he didn’t watch it (No Sh** they’re going to say that) and that no one is on McD’s side (calling his operation a “circus act”). So, under that theory, seems like they’d be proud of someone with the balls (or lack thereof) to point out a cheater.

    This whole story is media provoked on little to no substance with the incapable media hoping that one day the NFL will tell them what they want to hear, it’s not going to happen. GET OVER IT! or alternatively, write a decent article for once in a generation with proof and development of every side of the story. But that won’t happen either.

  40. bwisnasky says: Nov 29, 2010 9:04 PM

    “I have no idea,” McDaniels replied.

    ——————————————

    which has been clearly evident with many of your personnel decisions as well as watching the smackdown of your team by the Silver and Black a few weeks ago….

  41. solution56 says: Nov 29, 2010 9:08 PM

    broncos should fire his dumbass

  42. fumblenuts says: Nov 29, 2010 10:13 PM

    Will it be Chilly in Denver?

  43. goldsteel says: Nov 29, 2010 10:46 PM

    We don’t need no stinking tapes! Or maybe we do?!

  44. drexelvol says: Nov 30, 2010 12:00 AM

    “Obviously, we didn’t see no tapes”

    Aha! A double negative…so they DID see the tapes! BUSTED!

  45. tommykk says: Nov 30, 2010 2:58 AM

    ok its simple if youre pat bowlin and you want to win, fire josh and his staff and send a jet to stanford immediately full of cash and do not leave until he has agreed to a deal. with the top 3 draft pick you get make certain to draft andrew luck and your franchise will be set for 15 years. thank you very much.

  46. mcdeezznuts says: Nov 30, 2010 6:02 AM

    @tommykk:

    I agree that whoever gets Luck will be set for 15 years. But it’s not top 3. It’s #1. And as bad as we suck, Carolina will have the #1 pick. And I don’t care what anyone says about Clausen, no team with a top pick (meaning they have a bad QB) would pass up on Luck.

    I’m not a person that thinks McDaniels should be fired after this season (yes there are a few of us out there) but the problem is that McD is tied to Tebow. Say what you want about his ability because no one has any idea what he will do, but he was a first-round pick (combination of 3 picks to move up) and he’s being coached by an incredible QB coach. Pending a 3-13 record or new allegations, McD will be given one more year.

  47. shallowfan says: Nov 30, 2010 9:44 AM

    “mrconnors says:
    Nov 29, 2010 4:28 PM
    Why don’t you tell us, Andyprough, since you seem to have all the answers.

    Bozo.”

    Don’t you see the problem with mcdaniels saying “I have no idea”? That is just not something the head coach of the team says when posed a question about his staff. He should know where his staff and lockerroom stand, and if he doesn’t he has no real leadership. The whole spygate thing is immaterial to me. The fact is that if there wasn’t a problem with mcd and his staff this whole thing would have stayed in house.

    And even if he really has no idea that is just not something you say.

    I really think that mcdaniels came to denver thinking he could be like his mentor in ne, the problem is you have to have some credibility before you can do that. Winning smooths over a lot of things. If your staff doesn’t like you and you are winning things are still ok. If you are losing there will be mutiny if you don’t know how to lead. You have to show your staff and players that your way is the right way and right now mcd’s way is the wrong way.

  48. shallowfan says: Nov 30, 2010 9:49 AM

    One more thing. I would have to say that of the two youngest head coaches in the NFL, Raheem Morris in Tampa is light years ahead of McDaniels, as a man and as a leader.

    Raheem knows how to surround himself with ppl that will help him succeed and he knows how to treat his staff and players, obviously. The proof is on the field.

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