As we all try to figure out what happened to get Josh McDaniels fired in Denver on Monday, a guy who knows a thing or two about getting fired has offered up a theory that strikes us as being right on the money.
Former Ravens coach Brian Billick tells Dan Patrick that McDaniels possibly asked for clarification regarding his future, after last week’s clumsy episode regarding the question of whether he’ll be back in 2011.
“My guess is that he may have gone in and said, ‘Look, if you want me to finish this thing out with these guys, if you want to do anything at all this last month, you’ve got to be definitive and say I’m coming back. It’s the only way I can hold these guys together,'” Billick said. “I imagine management said, ‘Well, we’re not ready to do that.’ And it might have got to the ‘F you’ part of it, and [he] said, ‘OK, I’m out of here’ or ‘you’ve got to let me go.’ It feels like that, I have no idea if it went down that way at all.”
We think Billick’s instincts are accurate. McDaniels surely was bothered by the vote of confidence that owner Pat Bowlen provided verbally, hours before taking it away in writing. And for everything to fall apart so quickly, at a time when it appeared that the Broncos would wait until the end of the season to make any decision, there had to be a catalyst — and it makes sense that the catalyst may have been the head coach trying to gain clarity regarding the situation.
The good news? Josh got his clarity.