Brandon Bolden: Josh McDaniels doing his own thing, won’t try to be the Patriots

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The last time that Josh McDaniels went from being a Patriots assistant to a head coach in the AFC West, his run ended after less than two full seasons with the Broncos.

One of the contributing factors to the decision to pull the plug in Denver during the 2010 season was when the league penalized the Broncos for videotaping an opponents’ walkthrough practice, which was an unwelcome reminder of the Spygate incident. That took place when McDaniels was on New England’s staff and the Broncos’ penalty was seen as a sign that McDaniels was working to do things the same way they did things with the Patriots.

McDaniels is now the head coach of the Raiders and one player who played for him in New England believes that the coach is going to go his own direction this time. Running back Brandon Bolden said McDaniels “just says things a little more stern” than he did when he was the Patriots offensive coordinator, but that change isn’t indicative of McDaniels trying to run a carbon copy of his former team in Las Vegas.

“This is something totally different,” Bolden said, via Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Josh is going to put his own spin on things. Are there a few things we learned along the way because I was there with him a lot of that time? Sure. But we’re not trying to be New England. We’re the Las Vegas Raiders, and that’s what we’re going to play as.”

McDaniels waited a long time and passed on other opportunities before stepping back into the head coaching ring this year. Getting it right this time will make memories of the end of his Broncos tenure even more distant.

17 responses to “Brandon Bolden: Josh McDaniels doing his own thing, won’t try to be the Patriots

  1. How many Belicheck assistants have been winning had coaches?

    One, Bill O’Brian. McDaniels isn’t going to be the second.

  2. Lots of talk on this topic……I will say, it’s surprising Bolden moves his family annually during Covid. Gotta be tough on his kids.

  3. He took Tebow to the playoffs… that’s not an easy task. I thought his failures were due to people management skills. It’s interesting to hear he is sterner. I think they should have a good offense and a strong pass rush; you can do some damage with that. Tough division though.

  4. I believe he will do well. Hey, second timers make the best coaches, just look up in the history book.

  5. If he really wanted to do things differently, he wouldn’t have poached from the Patriots so much.

  6. ….hated to see Bolden go. was steady as a rock during his long tenure. wishing him and Josh all the best.

  7. The only team the Raiders are trying to be are the Lions.

    Rudderless ship, terrible organization.

  8. I am rooting for McDaniels. Mike Shanahan failed in his stint as Head Coach of the Raiders but his second job as Broncos Head Coach was a success.

  9. When the Raiders finish the season with a 4-13 record Bolden will regret saying this.

  10. corktardothewardo says:
    June 9, 2022 at 11:10 am
    The only team the Raiders are trying to be are the Lions.

    Rudderless ship, terrible organization.
    —————————————————————————————————————
    Yet the Raiders went to the playoffs without their HC and number 1 receiver. Their team roster has improved. Since then. Yup, terrible. Trending in the wrong direction. Right?

  11. solarthorn says:
    June 9, 2022 at 9:17 am
    He took Tebow to the playoffs… that’s not an easy task.
    ———————

    John Fox (and Brandon McManus) took Tebow to the playoffs.
    McD got fired in disgrace after getting caught filming other teams.

  12. Just because the raiders squeaked into the playoffs without HC doesn’t mean the Raiders are in good shape or “trending up.”

    They have an inconsistent QB arguably 3rd string caliber ay best.

    They just traded the farm for an over priced WR that won’t have the same production without Rodgers.

    They didn’t retain any of their picks from the Mack trade except for some no name DE that had four sacks in one game against the Bengal’s 3rd string offensive lineman.

    Just because you think an opinion isn’t correct, doesn’t mean you let your insecurities get the best of you.

    The Raiders will be a below average team in that division, you will see. 6-11, maaaaaybe 7-10.

  13. Just because the Raiders squeaked into the playoffs without HC doesn’t mean the Raiders are in good shape or “trending up.” They have an inconsistent QB arguably 3rd string caliber ay best. They just traded the farm for an over priced WR that won’t have the same production without Rodgers. They didn’t retain any of their picks from the Mack trade except for some no name DE that had four sacks in one game against the Bengal’s 3rd string offensive lineman. Just because you think an opinion isn’t correct, doesn’t mean you let your insecurities get the best of you. The Raiders will be a below average team in that division, you will see. 6-11, maaaaaybe 7-10.

  14. He didn’t take Tebow to the playoffs, but he did coach the Broncos to a 4-12 season which led to the number two overall pick and Von Miller.

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