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January 17, 2009

Josh McDaniels

Suppose you all wanna know about this Josh McDaniels. First off, we need a nick name. We had the old “Shanny,” and everybody’s already saying the McBroncos, but he needs one, I was thinking how-about “McDan”. If you have a better one leave a comment. Here’s the McDan inside scoop:

McDaniels was born April 22, 1976, in Ohio. He played for Canton McKinley High School in Canton, where is was a QB. And a kicker. He married to Laura, and they have two kids, Jack Thomas, and a daughter  Maddie.  As a QB coach for New England his QB Tom Brady. While with McDaniels Brady has compiled the top four passer ratings of his eight year career –92.6 (2004), 92.3 (2005), 87.9 (2006) and 117.2 (2008).

Last year he was in charge of an offense that broke many NFL records including: points scored, touchdowns scored and most players scoring a touchdown. He first came to the Pats in 2001, and was named QB coach in 2004, then offensive coordinator as well as QB coach in 2006. The Denver Broncos hired him as Head Coach in 2009.

This young coach; is going to go through unimaginable things his first Head Coaching year. Every single move he makes will be compared to Mike Shanahan, everything he does will be scrutinized. In the draft and in the free agency we will get a taste of what his stint will start out like. I don’t know how Denver fans will react to him, and how they will treat him.

I know we will all miss Shanahan. But if the season starts out well, everyone will forget Shanny, and will love him. But if it does not start out well, everyone will be after Pat Bowlen’s head, and saying things like, “we should have kept Shanahan.”

I’m gonna cheat, and say let’s wait and see what happens. He seems like he’d make a good coach. I was looking forward to a defensive minded coach though, someone like Spags. However, hiring Mike Nolan made me like the hiring of McDaniels a lot more. Here is what some of the players have to say about the new coach:

Brandon Marshall told me in an *email: “I’m excited about our new head coach, Josh McDaniels, and the new direction he will bring.” Marshall also said in his blog: “People are going to talk a lot about his age, and it will definitely be different for us, but it’s not about age as much as it is about experience, and he has built a great reputation in a short amount of time. He has coached on both sides of the ball, he’s been a coordinator and he also has experience in player personnel, so he knows what it takes to be a head coach. And his youth can also make it easier for him to relate and connect with us as players. Not that we didn’t have a connection before, but it’s different with a young head coach. This is a new beginning for all of us, and we’re more motivated than ever to bring a championship to Denver.”

Dre’ Bly’s thoughts were: “That’s enthusiasm, man,”Bly said, according to the Rocky Mountain News. “Coach Shanahan had a lot of respect. Guys looked up to him and had a good relationship. But with a guy like him, it’s like with [Broncos assistant] Jeremy Bates — exciting, enthusiasm. It’s like what Mike Tomlin brings to Pittsburgh. He brings excitement to that team. It’s good for our team. And I hope we respond to him.” 

Ryan Clady stated: “I just know that he was the offensive coordinator, but it’s going to be exciting to see what he can do with the personnel we have and his scheme.”

Elvis Dumervil: “He’s shown that he can win in New England, we’ll see what happens.”

While Bly and everyone else is excited, they are optimistic: “[he will] bring in coordinators and use the schemes [he’s] comfortable with. And that affects us.”-Dre’ Bly

Great players make great coaches, but great coaches also make great players. Coming in McDaniels has so much young talent it seems impossible for him not to have a great stint with the Broncos. The young players in Denver will have to re-show themselves to the Broncos New Staff, it’ll be like starting all over again for second year Broncos like Peyton Hillis: “Everything starts off slow because you are injured and you are working toward that goal to get back healthy,” said Hillis. “Especially now because there’s a new coaching staff and a lot of things are going to be changing, you kind of want to get to that point where you’re healthy so you can start learning the playbook and start getting adjusted to things.”

Shanahan was know for often signing free agents bust, so he relied on the draft — and was very successful. It will be very interesting to see how McDaniels does with both. I am excited about this move. What I have been saying: “In the next 5 years [2008–2013], I think the Broncos will win at least two Super Bowls” seems to becoming more and more a good possibility.  

Jon Krause is a member of the Bronco Madness Staff, you can find his own blog at: BroncosZone

  1. January 17, 2009 11:39 AM

    Other nicknames:


  2. January 17, 2009 1:40 PM

    I agree. Mickey D is the way to go…

  3. January 17, 2009 3:14 PM

    sounds like mcdonalds but sure whatever 🙂

  4. January 17, 2009 7:08 PM

    Mcdonalds mcdonalds ketchup tomato mcnggets mcnuggets ketchup tomato mcnuggets mcnuggets mcnuggets mcnugget y’all .

  5. January 18, 2009 4:41 AM

    I don’t know, McDonalds was not to good for B-Marsh last year, let’s hope Mickey D does not leave any bags laying around. 😛

  6. Steve permalink
    January 22, 2009 5:03 PM

    JMac its gotta be.

  7. May 4, 2009 12:06 PM

    wow dre bly says that than mcdaniels cuts him!

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