Broncos: Coaches That Fit

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not all that thrilled with Pat Bowlen’s decision to hire Josh McDaniels. The Broncos needed a defensive minded head coach. The first hire that McDaniels made was questionable as he brought Mike Nolan aboard. Now, we are back to where we started. We’ve got an offensive minded head coach with a mediocre defensive coordinator. Great. The Broncos have not seen a head coaching change in fourteen years, and it appears that it’s going on fifteen years.

I don’t care that McDaniels is 32 years old. I don’t care that he’s been coaching in the league for only 8 years. I don’t care that he’s never been a head coach in the NFL. He seems mature, grounded, and he’s studied under Bill Belichick. What I am concerned about is him being the right coach for the wrong team. McDaniels and Nolan are rooted in the 3-4 defense. Yet, there are no players on the Broncos roster that fit that scheme. We saw that as they threw the 3-4 in with the 4-3 earlier this season. Their defense went to hell as running backs exploded for large gains. It looks like there will be a lot of moves in the off-season to acquire players who fit the 3-4 scheme.

One thing is guaranteed: This off-season will be one of the most active off-seasons in a while. Players will leave, coaches will leave, and fans will question McDaniels’ moves. That comes with the territory. However, as Broncos fans, we will support this team and its coach because we want to see the Broncos of old.

Next Broncos Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep6:30Indianapolis ColtsBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Denver Broncos Josh Mcdaniels Mike Nolan

  • wcutler

    I think that this is the right move. While I’m not sure about Nolan, I think that McDaniels running the offense will cause a dramatic change in our ability to score points. The play calling by Bates last year was very predictable and at times maddening. We were forced into 3rd and longs over and over every game. If we are able to score 10 more points on average per game (which is very doable) our record goes from 8-8 to at least 10-6 or 11-5.

    Also, our defense many times was able to hold teams down for a while but after an opening drive score the offense would go 3 and out over and over and the defense wore down quick. With longer sustaining drives on offense, our defense is off the field more and with some correct player moves (which Shannahan was not capable of defensively) we are in very good shape to make a run next year. IMO.

  • Kim

    I hope you’re right, wcutler! There is no doubt that our offense needs to improve as well. The 3 and outs were frustrating to watch especially after they put a lot of points up in the first 3 games of the season. However, our offense is young, and I think the consistancy will become better with maturity. That’s why I still think that hiring a defensive coordinator to fill the top spot would’ve been better.

  • Voice ov Reason

    Firing Shanahan was the wrong move!! That’s done.. Never in Bronco’s history have we had more RB / FB injured…  So what do we do?  Bowlen fires the most stable person in the Bronco’s organization.  What a mistake!!  Now all the coaches get to learn how to work together.  All the players get to learn a completely new system.  We will be real lucky to be 8 and 8 in 2009.

    Who is the better coach Shanahan or McDaniels?  I don’t care for Nolan but he maybe better than BS.