Moss Latest Victim Of 'De-Shanahanization'

Granted, the guy didn’t perform up to first-round-pick standards in his three-plus years with the Broncos, so Jarvis Moss’ release today from the Broncos really comes as no surprise. But, in truth, he’s another victim of Josh McDaniels’ efforts to reconstruct the Broncos from Mike Shanaan’s team to his own squad based on some nebulous formula only he seems privy to.

Moss was clearly a mismatch in McDaniels’ 3-4 defensive scheme, so it’s a miracle he lasted as long as he did under the second-year coach. McDaniels, in letting the press know Moss was gone today, was actually pretty classy, noting that Moss’ release was likely based more on that mismatch than on Moss’ level of ability or the player’s efforts to make it work.

Still … as a die-hard Bronco fan who’s watching in horror as Alphonso Smith and Peyton Hills enjoy career years after getting the boot from the Denver, there’s a little itch I just can’t scratch. I almost expect Moss to latch on somewhere else and become a Pro Bowler, based solely on how other McD cast-0ffs have found their games after leaving Denver. That said, of all the McDaniels discards from the Shanahan era (and Smith was McDaniels’ pick, to be clear), this is the one I feel best about. Let’s hope the man-child is right.

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  • Mellifluous

    He’s definitely not perfect. (I still feel pain over the Hillis trade.) You may think its time for him to go…but can you please stop calling him the man-child? The man is in his mid 30s. He may be young for a head coach, but he not fresh out of college.

  • S.C. Hunt

    Fair enough… and, no, he’s not perfect. As I’ve said, he’s got an ego that won’t quit and nothing much to show for it. But you’re right… he’s 33 years old. I’ll give you that.

  • IgorEd

    You fail to consider the LARGE number of people McD cut and are no longer in the NFL at all. If you are going to try to cause a rift, you need more evidence than Peyton Hillis. After all, even Shanahan kept Hillis on the bench until a number of other players were on the DL in 2008.
    Granted, Hillis is a hell of a runner, but even in Cleveland that large RB still cannot consistently pick up blitzers or block very well.

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