Posted Wed Mar 30th by Jon Heath
As we continue to relive the high moments of the Broncos 2010 season, we look back at the day all of Broncos Country rejoiced at the news of Josh McDaniels being fired.
December 6th, 2010, Denver Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels has been fired, team owner Pat Bowlen confirmed on Monday morning.
The news broke via the team’s official Twitter account (it was the first time in the history of the NFL that a team announced the firing of a Head Coach over social media. See there, the Broncos were all into Twitter even before John Elway returned).
After a highly controversial tenure with the Broncos, McDaniels was finally cut loose. Over the course of (almost) two seasons, McDaniels made several fan-angering trades and tarnished the team’s image in SpyGate II. His overall record in Denver was 11-17.
McDaniels has since landed with the St. Louis Rams as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, two positions that this blogger thinks fit McDaniels far better than a Head Coaching gig.
The Broncos new Head Coach, John Fox, is now left to pick up the pieces in Denver. It’s won’t be an easy job (the defense is in shambles), but Fox seems to be up to the challenge. For all his short comings, McDaniels did do a few things right, and may have left some players behind that will help Fox and the Broncos get back on track.
- He drafted running back Knowshon Moreno in the 2009 NFL Draft. While Moreno hasn’t quite lived up to his expectations, he has a lot of potential and could become a pivotal part of the Broncos offense in the near future.
- The same year, McDaniels drafted linebacker Robert Ayers, who’s been a similar case to Moreno. In Denver’s new 4-3 defense however, Ayers will go back to playing defensive end (the position he played his entire life) and could become the force on defense the Broncos hoped to see him become when the drafted him.
- In last years draft, he selected several offensive players and two cornerbacks that have loads of potential. Among those players is quarterback Tim Tebow, who many have speculated will become a great quarterback, if the Broncos can upgrade their defense and place the proper weapons around Tebow.
- McDaniels also acquired several players through free agency and trades that could contribute in Denver for years to come. In 2009, he signed free agent wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney who have both been solid receiving threats. A year later, McDaniels traded injury-prone running back J.J. Arrington to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for linebacker Joe Mays (who is projected to become a starter in Fox’s 4-3 defense). The same offseason, the Broncos signed free agent linebacker Jason Hunter (who was one of the most productive pass rushers last season and is expected to become a defensive end next season).
- He also left the team with a 2nd overall selection in the upcoming draft. And though going through what it took to get a 2nd overall pick was anything but acceptable, it will help Denver add a top-tier player to the team.
In the end, nearly every Bronco fan was overjoyed when the news broke that McDaniels was being replaced. At the moment, it looks like Denver made the right choice and are moving in the right direction to getting back to their winning ways.