Denver names Josh McDaniels head coach

January 13, 2009 at 8:01 am 2 comments

josh-mcdanielsActually, that’s not a high school photo from your graduating class, it’s a new NFL head coach. Just a few weeks after the Denver Broncos fired the great Mike Shananhan, the organization introduced Josh McDaniels as their new head coach. McDaniels was formerly the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots; and New England of course is home to a prolific offense and one the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game (we think). So what’s the speculation raised with the 4-year deal McDaniels just signed?

McDaniels is only 32-years-old. Not to say that young coaches are bad but I would find it difficult to bark out orders to a 15-year-veteran offensive lineman in order to tell him how you want him to block. Not to say that McDaniels is one of those type coaches, but the age thing is definitely a factor. Eric Mangini was 34 when he was hired as the Jets’ head coach, he was fired (don’t get me started). Lane Kiffin was 31 when he was hired as the Raiders’ head coach, he was fired (we all know not to work for Al Davis). Although one young coach by the name of John Madden had some pretty decent success and he was hired at the ripe age of just 32 as well.

Speaking of Mangini, McDaniels is also a product of the Bill Belichick coaching tree. For those who are unfamiliar with the recent Belichick coaching tree, it hasn’t been too great. I’m not implying that the coaches are necessarily bad coaches but…Mangini was fired by the Jets, Romeo Crennel was fired by the Browns, and Charlie Weiss is hanging on to the Notre Dame head coaching by a thread. Can McDaniels buck the trend? (And for the record, I think Mangini will do great in Cleveland)

It’s a wait-and-see-plan with a guy like McDaniels. First time head coach, only been a coordinator since 2006, only been in NFL coaching for 8 years, but has the 3 Super Bowl rings to brag about…Who can guess his success? Just remember that the guy that hired McDaniels is the same guy that hired Mike Shanahan, and Shanny didn’t turn out too bad.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. I do it big  |  January 22, 2009 at 2:12 am

    The Denver Broncos should try and get Brian Dawkins


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