Below is a timeline detailing the misguided actions of Josh McDaniels that led to the launch of www.joshmcdanielssucks.com:

January 2009:

• After signing a 4 year contract worth a reported $11.9M, Josh McDaniels is introduced by Pat Bowlen as the 12th head coach in the history of the Denver Broncos. McDaniels delivers a nervous and ragged performance at the introductory press conference, a sharp contrast to the polish and confidence of former Broncos’ head coach and executive vice president of football operations, Mike Shanahan.

• The hiring of McDaniels, only 33 years old at the time, is met with mixed reviews by NFL analysts and Denver fans. Many pundits and fans believe the Broncos should have hired a coach in his forties with 10 plus years of coaching experience (e.g. Jim Schwartz, Leslie Frazier, or Rex Ryan), or a coach that had previously served as an NFL head coach (e.g. Bill Cowher).

• Despite inheriting a team ranked 2nd in the NFL in total offense in 2008, McDaniels fires all of Denver’s offensive assistant coaches except running backs coach, Bobby Turner, and offensive line coach, Rick Dennison. McDaniels’ decision to fire quarterbacks coach, Jeremy Bates, particularly irks quarterback Jay Cutler who had passed for 4,526 yards and 25 touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl with Bates as his position coach in 2008.

February 2009:

• McDaniels attempts to trade Cutler and acquire New England quarterback, Matt Cassel, in 3 team deal that would have sent Cutler to Tampa Bay. McDaniels fails to complete the trade and Cassel is traded to AFC West rival, Kansas City. Cutler says he is not bothered by the trade proposal itself but by how he felt McDaniels misled him. McDaniels responded by offering that the Broncos merely listened to offers submitted from other teams, as they do for all players, but Cutler’s camp never buys such explanation.

• McDaniels convinces Pat Bowlen to fire general manager Jim Goodman and co-assistant general manager Jeff Goodman and promote 38 year old Brian Xanders from co-assistant general manager to general manager. It is clear McDaniels lied at his introductory press conference when he said that he looked forward to working with Jim Goodman, and that the elder Goodman would have the final say in all personnel matters.

• As free agency begins, the Denver Broncos sign veteran New England long snapper, Lonie Paxton, to a 5 year, $5.5M contract that includes a $1M signing bonus. The deal makes Paxton the 2nd highest paid long snapper in the NFL, slightly behind Cleveland’s Ryan Pontbriand, and results in the release of Broncos long snapper Mike Leach. Leach, who spent 7 seasons in Denver, was extremely popular with teammates and his release is harshly criticized by widely respected wide receiver Brandon Stokley.

March 2009:

• McDaniels continues to add former Patriots as the Broncos ink free agent wide receiver Jabar Gaffney. Prior to the start of the regular season, Denver signs or trades for 4 additional former New England players, Brandon Gorin, Russ Hochstein, LaMont Jordan, and LeKevin Smith, bringing the total number of former Patriots added to the Broncos by McDaniels to 6. Of the 6 players, only Jabar Gaffney and Lonie Paxton make worthwile contributions to the team during the 2009 season (Hochstein replaced incumbent Ben Hamilton at left guard in November but his play was less than average).

• The Broncos are major players in free agency, signing more than a dozen players, including safeties Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill, cornerback Andre Goodman, and linebacker Andra Davis.  All of the players listed above play a major role in the significant improvement of Denver’s defense under McDaniels and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. 

• A conference call involving McDaniels, Pat Bowlen, Jay Cutler and Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, fails to resolve the issues between Cutler and McDaniels. Subsequent to the meeting, Cutler tells ESPN.com “I went in there with every intention of solving the issue, being a Bronco, moving forward as a Bronco. We weren’t in there but about 20 minutes, [McDaniels] did most of the talking, and as far as I’m concerned, he made it clear he wants his own guy. At the end of the meeting, he wasn’t like, ‘Jay, I want you as our quarterback, you’re our guy.’ It felt like the opposite… really, I figured we’d hash things out, shake hands, laugh a little and move forward. What happened was the last thing I expected.”

• On March 15, 2009, Broncos fans around the globe cringe as Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler formally asks for a trade.

• McDaniels is blasted by many members of the media for his arrogance and stubbornness, including Denver Post columnists Woody Paige, who pleads to the Broncos “Don’t destroy franchise [by trading Cutler],” and Dave Krieger, who asks “[w]hich is easier to replace, a 25-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback or a 32-year-old rookie coach?”

April 2009:

• On April 2, 2009, the Broncos trade Cutler and a 2009 5th round draft pick to the Chicago Bears for quarterback Kyle Orton, 1st and 3rd round picks in 2009 and a 1st round pick in 2010.

• Two days after the trade of Cutler, Pat Bowlen writes a letter to fans in support of McDaniels. The mere fact that Bowlen believes it necessary to author such a letter demonstrates that he fears this trade could be one of the biggest missteps in the history of the franchise, if not the league.

• Mel Kiper grades McDaniels’ initial draft class as a “C.” The general consensus of Kiper and other draft experts is that though the Broncos were not in need of a running back, Knowshon Moreno (12th overall) will be a productive player for the Broncos, and outside linebacker Robert Ayers (18th overall) has Pro Bowl ability. However, McDaniels is universally condemned for trading (i) Denver’s 2010 1st round pick to Seattle to select diminutive Wake Forest cornerback Alphonso Smith in the 2nd round (37th overall), and (ii) Denver’s 3rd round pick (79th overall) and the 3rd round pick (84th overall) Denver received in the Cutler trade from Chicago to Pittsburgh to select one-dimensional, blocking tight end Richard Quinn in the 2nd round (64th overall). Denver also received Pittsburgh’s 4th round pick (132nd overall) in the latter deal, which it used to select Iowa guard Seth Olsen.  Moreno rushes for 947 yards and 7 scores and adds 28 receptions for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns, but averages less than 4 yards per carry and fails to make a run longer than 36 yards in his rookie season.  Ayers plays in 15 games and records 19 tackles and no sacks.  Smith, Quinn and Olsen do not make significant contributions in 2009.

Rick Reilly of ESPN wonders “how arrogant can Josh McDaniels be?” and proclaims “Broncos fans, you’re screwed!” after McDaniels boasts that his draft board had fewer than 100 names on it despite 256 players being drafted.

June 2009:

• McDaniels names Kyle Orton starting quarterback, and characterizes the player as a “winner.” It is apparent that Orton’s win-loss record is over-hyped to cover for his shortcomings. He finishes the 2009 season 2-8 over the last 10 games, and his career record stands at 19-14 after his rookie season. The post-2005 record of Orton is important to note as Chicago’s defense and special teams were largely responsible for all of the 10 wins Orton was credited for in 2005 (i.e. without the benefit of a dominant defense (the Bears defense led the NFL in points against and yards allowed in 2005), Orton’s dreadful ’05 statistics (15 starts, 51.6% completion percentage, 1,869 yards passing, 9 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions) would not have translated into many wins).

August 2009:

• After being booed by fans at Mile High for throwing 2 interceptions during a scrimmage a week earlier, Kyle Orton, McDaniels’ hand picked successor to Cutler, throws interceptions on 3 consecutive drives to open the preseason at San Francisco.

• McDaniels suspends Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall for “conduct detrimental to the team” after video of Marshall loafing it in practice surfaces on the internet.  Marshall wants a new contract though 1 year remains on the term of the agreement he signed prior to his rookie season.

September 2009:

• After being held scoreless for almost 4 quarters, the Broncos beat Cincinnati on kickoff weekend thanks to an 87 yard tipped hail-marry touchdown pass from Orton to Stokley with 0:14 remaining in the game.

• Denver improves its record to 3-0 with a 23-3 victory at Oakland. Orton completes 13 of 23 passes for a paltry 157 yards, but Denver dominates on the ground with Correll Buckhalter recording a 109 yards on 14 carries and Knowshon Moreno rushing for 90 yards on 21 attempts.

October 2009:

• After the Broncos beat New England 20-17 in overtime to improve to 5-0, McDaniels celebrates with tactless fist pumping while running around Invesco Field at Mile High as if he were Cal Ripken, Jr. after breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played. It seems that Brandon Marshall is in the coach’s good graces after catching 8 passes for 64 yards and 2 scores, and the two men embrace after Marshall’s second touchdown.

• Denver improves its record to 6-0 after traveling to San Diego and defeating the Chargers 34-23. Though seeing a significantly reduced role on offense, Eddie Royal (only 1 year removed from a stellar 91 reception rookie campaign), contributes to the victory by returning both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown.

November 2009:

• Coming off of a bye week, the Broncos are demolished at Baltimore, 30-7. Denver struggles to establish its running game and McDaniels calls for Orton to throw the ball 32 times. Orton completes 23 of such attempts but for only 157 yards, averaging an anemic 4.1 yards per attempt.

• Denver drops to 6-2, losing to the Steelers at home on Monday Night Football. Kyle Orton throws 3 interceptions and posts a quarterback rating of 43.9.

• Chris Simms, who McDaniels signed to a lucrative free agent contract, is terrible in relief of an injured Kyle Orton at Washington. Simms looks lost on the field, completing only 3 of 13 passes for 13 yards and an interception. In addition to the Orton injury, the 27-17 loss is largely a result of Washington’s conversion of a fake field goal. On the play, Redskins punter, Hunter Smith, throws a 40 yard touchdown to fullback Mike Sellers from the fake formation Washington showed prior to calling a timeout.  McDaniels opts to not use a Denver timeout after the Redskins again line up in the same fake field goal formation subsequent to the Washington timeout and Alphonso Smith blows the coverage on Sellers.

• McDaniels immaturely engages in trash talking with Shaun Phillips prior to Denver losing 32-3 at Mile High to division rival San Diego. The loss is Denver’s 4th straight, and allows San Diego to take a 1 game lead in the AFC West race after having trailed the Broncos by 3.5 games only 5 weeks earlier. 

December 2009:

• After posting wins in Weeks 12 and 13 to improve to 8-4, Denver drops its Week 14 game at Indianapolis 27-17, despite great performances from the defense (3 interceptions of Peyton Manning) and Brandon Marshall, who sets the single-game receptions record with 21 catches for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. Marshall’s record setting day is overshadowed, however, by strong criticism of McDaniels, specifically targeting the coach’s: (i) decision to defer to the second half after winning the coin toss prior to the start of the game (resulting in a quick touchdown drive led by Manning), and (ii) refusal to use reserve running back Peyton Hillis despite the struggles of rookie Knowshon Moreno (67 yards on 23 attempts for a deplorable 2.7 yards per carry average) and losing Correll Buckhalter to injury early in the contest.

• Needing a win to remain in control of the AFC wild card race, the Broncos embarrassingly lose 20-19 to Oakland after JaMarcus Russell throws a touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens with 0:45 remaining in the 4th quarter. Russell, effectively third on the Raiders depth chart at the quarterback position, enters the game after Charlie Frye (starting for an injured Bruce Gradkowski) suffers a concussion. The Raiders rush for 241 yards while Moreno continues to struggle (particularly in short yardage situations), gaining only 42 yards on 19 carries (2.2 yards per carry average). McDaniels is booed off the field, and Denver Post columnist Dave Kreiger calls out the head coach for his stubbornness and examines the drop-off in production of Shanahan holdovers Hillis, Royal, Scheffler, and Stokley under McDaniels.

• Fans continue to voice displeasure over McDaniels’ coaching and play-calling, primarily taking issue with the lack of downfield passing attempts, and struggles of the running game (primarily due to McDaniels’ decision to not use the zone blocking scheme favored by Shanahan and best suited to Denver’s current offensive line, and opposing defenses stacking the box with little or no threat of a downfield pass).

• Denver is on the outside of the AFC wild card race after suffering a morale crushing loss at Philadelphia.  David Akers kicks a 28-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining in the game, lifting the Eagles to a 30-27 victory and spoiling Dawkins’ emotional return to Philadelphia after Denver had rallied to tie the game at 6:05 of the 4th quarter. While the Broncos erased a 27-10 deficit, this game will most be remembered for Kyle Orton’s failure to make plays down the stretch (i.e. in the 4th quarter, Denver managed to score only 3 points on three drives that started at the Philadelphia 44, Denver 47, and Denver 44, respectively).

January 2010:

• On the Friday before the team’s must win game to keep its playoff chances alive vs. Kansas City, McDaniels announces that Marshall and Scheffler will be not be active for the game as a result of the players’ poor attitudes. McDaniels is widely criticized for publicly questioning the legitimacy of Marshall’s hamstring injury.

• Without Marshall and Scheffler in the lineup, the Broncos are lambasted 44-24 by a Chiefs team that came into the game with a 3-13 record. In Kansas City’s first victory in 9 tries at Invesco Field at Mile High, Jamaal Charles rushes for a Chiefs record 259 yards on 25 carries and linebacker Derrick Johnson scores two touchdowns on returns of interceptions of terrible Kyle Orton throws. Orton finishes the game with a total of 3 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 65.4.

• The Broncos finish the season with an 8-8 record, joining the 1978 Redskins and 2003 Vikings as the only teams since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to miss the playoffs after a 6-0 start.

• Kyle Orton completes the season with respectable totals of 3,802 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions; however, it is painfully clear that Orton’s decision making, footwork and pocket awareness are generally poor, and the majority of his passes are wildly inaccurate. Orton lacks mobility and cannot consistently make plays downfield. By all accounts Orton is well liked by teammates and is thorough in preparing for games, but Peter King writes the truth when he opines in his January 4, 2010 MMQB “[Orton has] proven this year he’s a borderline starter, not a player a team can build a long future around.”

• To the dismay of the Broncos community, Josh McDaniels endorses Kyle Orton as the Broncos starting quarterback of the future.  In response to McDaniels endorsement of Orton, Dave Kreiger writes that if the Denver Broncos want to win another Vince Lombardi Trophy, the franchise needs an elite quarterback.  In the last decade only two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks are in the non-elite category, Trent Dilfer of the Ravens and Brad Johnson of the Buccaneers, and both Dilfer and Johnson benefited from playing on teams that had ultra-elite defenses (not to mention Dilfer and Johnson were better players than Orton).  The other eight Super Bowl winners of the past decade are Tom Brady (3), Ben Roethlisberger (2), Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Kurt Warner.

• The only two position coaches remaining from Mike Shanahan’s staff, running backs coach, Bobby Turner, and offensive line coach, Rick Dennison, depart Denver. Turner accepts an offer from the Washington Redskins to be an associate head coach on Shanahan’s staff, and Dennison joins Gary Kubiak in Houston as the Texans’ offensive coordinator replacing Kyle Shanahan.

• The Broncos and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan “mutually agree to part ways.” The shocking move comes after a season in which Nolan’s presence increased the team’s ranking in total defense from No. 29 in 2008 to No. 7 in 2009, and improved the Broncos from a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) of 24.7% in 2008 to -7.9% in 2009 (tied with the Saints for the most significant improvement in total defense from ’08 to ’09). Though a reason for the separation isn’t offered by McDaniels or Nolan, it is believed that Nolan’s departure is a result of a combination of the following factors: (i) McDaniels’ inability to delegate responsibility to the amply qualified defensive coordinator (and former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers) and pompous attitude made it absolutely insufferable for Nolan to continue overseeing the Broncos defense, and (ii) McDaniels was on the verge of hiring former Patriots defensive coordinator, Dean Pees, as associate head coach, a move that clearly would have undermined the authority of (and alienated) Mike Nolan.

• McDaniels promotes his younger brother, Ben, to quarterbacks coach. Before being hired by the Broncos last year as an offensive assistant, the 30 year old Ben McDaniels’ coaching experience consisted of 3 years coaching quarterbacks at the high school level in Ohio and 2 years as a graduate assistant at the of Minnesota. Unfortunately, rather than hiring a quarterbacks coach best qualified and skilled to mentor a young player (e.g. Jim Zorn), McDaniels again opted to surround himself with familiarity to ensure that that his methods and decisions are not challenged.

• Dean Pees, Josh McDaniels top choice to replace Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator of the Broncos, snubs McDaniels and accepts a lesser position (linebackers coach) on John Harbaugh’s staff in Baltimore. Though many Broncos fans are thankful the conformist Pees will not be running the defense in Denver, Pees’ decision speaks volumes about McDaniels, confirming the notion that: (i) McDaniels inability to get along with star players may extend to not being able to work well alongside assistant coaches, and/or (ii) NFL insiders are not optimistic about the direction and future success of the Broncos under McDaniels’ leadership.

• The Broncos name Don Martindale defensive coordinator. Martindale was hired by Denver before last season to coach the linebackers after serving in the same capacity for the Oakland Raiders since 2004. He was last a defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky University in 2003. While Martindale may prove to be a creditable successor to Nolan, the stink of McDaniels’ choice to jettison Nolan will linger for some time.

March 2010:

• Denver’s election to qualify Brandon Marshall with only the first-round tender has many league observers concluding that such decision was reached solely to make signing Marshall to an offer sheet more palatable to other NFL teams. Kyle Orton was also assigned a first-round, $2.521 million tender.

• In an attempt to remake the defensive line, the Broncos sign unrestricted free agents defensive end/defensive tackle Justin Bannan (Baltimore), defensive end Jarvis Green (New England), and defensive tackle Jamal Williams (San Diego). While such signings are met with optimism, all three players are 30 years or older. Denver also signs cornerback Nate Jones, formerly of the Dolphins, to compete for the team’s nickel corner spot. The signing of Jones does not bode well for Alphonso Smith (effectively a first-round selection as a result of a draft day trade that sent Denver’s 2010 1st round selection to Seattle for the 37th overall pick) who could not get on the field in his first season, playing behind veteran Ty Law and undrafted rookie free agent Tony Carter.

• Despite McDaniels stating that he planned to expand Peyton Hillis’ role in the offense in 2010, the popular running back was traded to Cleveland for Brady Quinn. Given that Hillis was unlikely to see an increase in opportunities in 2010 because Josh McDaniels Sucks, the acquisition of Brady Quinn is met with the approval of most Broncos fans. The good news out of Dove Valley is that Denver is actively searching for a long term replacement for Kyle Orton, who confirmed last season he’s a borderline starter at the NFL level. Whether Brady Quinn is the solution is another question entirely. As Denver Post columnist Dave Krieger offered “[t]o call [Quinn] the Anna Kournikova of pro football would be too strong, but there are similarities. His looks have made him a bigger player in the commercial endorsement world than on the football field, where he has struggled since turning pro three years ago.”

April 2010:

• As anticipated for months, McDaniels trades Pro Bowl wideout Brandon Marshall to Miami for a second round draft pick in 2010 and 2011. Marshall and the Dolphins quikly agree on the terms of a new contract. Despite Marshall’s agent, Kennard McGuire, floating rumors that the agreement makes Marshall the highest paid wide receiver in the history of the NFL, the deal is effectively for 2 years with $12.5 million guaranteed. If Miami decides to keep Marshall past April 2, 2011 (after having two years to test drive Marshall both on and off the field), another $9.5 million in guaranteed base salaries will be due to Marshall. Considering the true value and structure of the contract, it’s a travesty that Denver didn’t sign Marshall to this deal rather than jettisoning another Pro Bowl player. Miami was able to manage risk knowing the immense talent of Marshall, so why not the Broncos? Perhaps, because Josh McDaniels is overcompensating for his vast shortcomings with an insatiable desire for power, control and authority.

• After trading down twice in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft to select Demaryius Thomas (WR, Georgia Tech), McDaniels blows the extra picks Denver accumulated in such trades and shocks the NFL world by moving back into the first round to select former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow is a long way from developing into a functional NFL quarterback and many league insiders believe that the player could have been had for a single pick in round 2 or 3. McDaniels’ deal for Tebow deal is reminiscent of the 2009 draft when McDaniels panicked and shipped the team’s 2010 first round pick to Seattle to take diminutive defensive back Alphonso Smith. As a result, Seattle received the No. 14 overall pick in this year’s draft and selected Texas safety Earl Thomas, a player NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock labeled the best pure, instinctive football player in the 2010 draft.

August 2010:

• Tim Tebow’s preseason was largely shaky as the former Florida Gators quarterback reverted back to his poor college form during game action, dipping the ball down below his waist and using a windmill-like motion to deliver the pass. There were a few highlights in Tebow’s play though it’s rather apparent that Tebow is lacking the skill set and physical and mental attributes necessary to be a successful NFL quarterback.

September 2010:

• The Broncos trade cornerback Alphonso Smith to Detroit for the Lions fourth string tight end, Dan Gronkowski. Gronkowski was Detroit’s 7th round (255th overall) pick in 2009. While McDaniels effectively admitted his colossal mistake of trading Denver’s 2010 1st round draft pick to select Smith in the top of round two in ‘09, a backup tight end is a horrendous return on a draft pick that could have resulted in a talent such as Earl Thomas on the Broncos roster. SI.com’s Peter King pokes fun at the Broncos front office by giving the Personnel Acumen Award to McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders for the Alphonso Smith trade and the free agent signing of defensive end Jarvis Green, who received $3.2 million in guarantees but never played a regular-season snap for the team.

October 2010:

• The Broncos suffer the worst and most humiliating home defeat in the history of the franchise, a 59-14 drubbing by the Oakland Raiders, a team that recorded only 10 first downs and 3 field goals in a 17-9 loss to the 1-5 San Francisco 49ers the previous week. Broncos fans are outraged with the pathetic showing and the team’s 4-13 record over the last 365 days under McDaniels, resulting in widespread media coverage of the mutiny brewing in Denver.

November 2010:

• The Denver Broncos and head coach Josh McDaniels were each fined $50,000 by the NFL for violating the league’s “integrity of the game” policy, as McDaniels failed to timely report the recording of a 49ers walk-through practice by the team’s director of video operations, Steve Scarnecchia. Scarnecchia was fired after asserting he acted alone.

December 2010:

• Pat Bowlen fires Josh McDaniels on December 6, 2010.

Posted by Uncle Rico 01/09/10 4:56 PM ET
Edited by Uncle Rico 12/08/10 2:00 PM ET

50 Responses to “Timeline”

  1. Bill Belichick says:

    Sorry guys…you’ll never be as successful as my Patriots =) Oh and BTW every team illegally video tapes- we just got caught…well at least I still have all these super bowl rings!


  2. Will says:

    Uncle Rico,

    This was a great timeline. I think it’s important to deal with the aftermath of things also. Specifically, the timeline should mention Peyton Hillis and Jay Cutler’s success, it should make mention of an inability to bolster a pass rush after loosing Dumerville, it should mention the refusal to shake hands, it should mention the first time that the Broncos did not announce attendance, it should mention that the Broncos, outside of Champ Bailey, did not have a single starter that would even be 2nd string on other people’s teams on defense, that the offense had been completely dismantled and it had gone in a matter of months from #2 ranked unit in the entire league, having two bookend tackles, two pro bowl caliber WRs, a franchise QB, and a pro bowl caliber RB who could also catch out of the backfield- to this. A piece of shit offense that only score 6 against the chiefs and in final seconds, McDickFuck decides to punt, essentially admitting defeat and lack of confidence in his offense. Nothing could have tore the Broncos down worse. Nothing. Maybe instead of worrying about the competition, the Broncos really should be looking at themselves and making sure they don’t fuck themselves by hiring a numbnut 32 year old with an ego problem to run a 53 millionaires out of town by way of dubious personnel decisions based on his own personal need rather than the organizational need. The business, the organization, the company is a living entity. Anytime the owner puts his own needs in front of the business’s needs- the business dies. For example, if the owner decides he wants to sleep in till noon and he is a coffee shop owner- that going to kill the business. The business has it’s own independent needs and if you fail to assess and meet that needs, you’re going to be out of business. That’s why you put the business’s needs ahead of your own. He couldn’t. Everything turned into a personal vandetta with him, he was unapologetic, and a drama queen atmosphere was soon at hand at Bronco headquarters. It wasn’t just that he was a drama queen, one that could go blow for blow with the best of the women you can think of- but that he was an incompetant 7th grader who had no clue as to organization or personnel. Just clueless. If the Broncos pay him his money – that would be worse than mafia blackmail. He should be sued for malpractice and pay the organization – not the other way around.

  3. Uncle Rico says:

    Snoop, thanks for checking in. I’m going to continue to post on Broncos happenings. As time passes, the news will be less and less about McD. But he has left a huge mess behind so naturally as the process of begins there will be a mention of the former head coach from time to time.

  4. Snoop Do Double says:

    I was searching info about JM and found this website.

    I must admit, despite having no feeling for the Broncos positive or negative, the chronicle of JM’s performance seems spot on accurate. He, like a few others in mind (e.g. LANE KIFFIN) were put in positions they were not qualified or ready to take nor mature enough to handle… Lane still isn’t mature enough for the job and this is his 3rd big time job… but he’s the blond golden child. Needless to say, Josh was horrible as a head coach, but due to his age and immaturity, I think he has learned a lesson and time to take this site down.

    This site may or may not have affected the outcome, the dude is gone. No need to send him to the funny farm and put him on depression meds from all the negative stuff… he’s an idiot, he knows it and that he was a terrible coach but lets stop continuously killing the dead horse. He needed a real dose of humility – which hopefully he got and realizes how much more he needs in growth to manage even a minor or mid major D-I, let alone an NFL team. The coaches at a D-III school would not have crapped on himself half as much as JM. He’s gone. You can call off the dogs… yes he deserved it. Let’s hope he is humbled and start acting like a coach of substance (model after Jim Tressel… not like Bill Belichik or LANE KIFFIN).

  5. Jon Jackson says:


    I will never forget the joy that I felt on “McDaniels Day,” nor will I forget Uncle Rico and each and every fan whose passion led to his ouster. I salute you all. As the great bard once said:

    “But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”

  6. Csprings_bronco_fan says:

    Thank you Uncle Rico for putting our voices out there on the web. I will be celebrating “Josh McDaniels Day” for years to come. Any word on an Xanders sucks website? Gotta keep getting rid of the people resposible for this mess. Thanks again.

  7. Det John Kimble says:

    Well put Travis. For all of you claiming that Cutler and Marshall were the future of the franchise, how soon you forget that Cutler was hated by all the other Broncos players and Marshall couldn’t stay out of jail. So, McD wisely gave Cutler the boot, brought in Orton, and was chastised for it. Now look at the stats…Orton has better numbers than Cutler in the two years since he has replaced him, and has better numbers than Cutler’s two “outstanding” seasons in Denver.

    McD also got rid of Marshall, who Shanahan was looking to get rid of as well. Lloyd, who McD brought in, leads the league in receiving and is on pace to blow Marshall’s best season in Denver out of the water. Even Gaffney, who McD brought in has better numbers than Marshall.

    None of those players mentioned has nearly the talent of their predecessors, but production is more important than talent.

    Now that Hillis has proven to be a beast, everyone is real quick to criticize McD for trading him. However, Hillis was a hidden gem…he was a blocking fullback all through college and into the NFL, noone knew he could run like a thoroughbred. So that can’t be held against McD.

    McD’s key draft picks (Moreno, D. Thomas, Tebow, Ayers) will all be good in due time. The only real mistake McD made was getting rid of Nolan, who is a great D coordinator.

    Granted, we are losing right now, and that sucks and brings out everyone’s frustration. But, it takes 3 years for a new coach to be judged accurately. The 1st year they’re using the previous coaches personnel and system. 2nd year they’re using their system with the previous coaches personnel. 3rd year they have their system with their personnel. McD studied under on of the best college coaches of all time (Saban) and arguably the best NFL coach of all time (Belichik). Broncos will ultimately regret getting rid of him…

  8. BlameBowlen says:

    I would like to thank Uncle Rico for all the work he put into this site and his efforts to spread the good word to Broncos fans. We now have our team back!

  9. broncodude says:

    We did it McDumb@$$ is gone forever… long live Broncos Nation!

  10. Addie says:

    December 6, 2010 – McDaniels Fired.

  11. Every Broncos Fan Everywhere says:

    WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Michael says:


    The comment I made below was made on my first visit to your site. I’m quite sure that the thorough case made against McDeedeedee here has included his nepotism, but my point was that the average Broncos fan doesn’t seem to be aware of it. I’ve brought it up to a half dozen Broncos fans in the last 2 weeks that had no idea. That was my only point.

    Keep up the good work! You are a missionary for a righteous cause.

  13. Dadrunamok says:

    Niners 55, Broncos 10 was nothing compared to the embarrassment that this franchise is suffering through right now. For years, I’ve worn Broncos gear through most of the weekend during football season (even a Broncos tie to church), but this year I have yet to wear any of it out of the house.

    Right now, I’m far more invested in the local boys (Redskins) and all the more since Shanahan is coaching them. And in fact, I’m hoping for a few more embarrassing losses so that Mr. Bowlen will have no choice but to admit his colossal blunder and fire McDaniels.

    And that is sad.

  14. Uncle Rico says:

    Michael, Thanks for checking in. You need to visit this site more often. We give McDaniels shit all the time for hiring his unqualified younger brother to coach the team’s quarterbacks.


  15. Michael says:

    JP- I’ll take your tickets!

    I always wonder why no one gives him crap for hiring his own brother as a QB coach. That’s incredibly unprofessional, but with all the reasons to hate McDeedeedee that one seems to have gone unnoticed.

  16. JP says:


  17. Hoss says:

    Don’t forget the following post:

    November 2011 – During the bye week, Broncos fans watch in horror as Peyton Hillis, a Denver fan favorite and the player traded for the current third-string backup QB Brady Quinn, singlehandedly beats the 6-1 New England Patriots while rushing for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 carries and catching 3 passes for 36 yards.

    For the season, Hillis has 133 rushes for 644 yards and 7 TDs along with 30 receptions for 229 yards and 1 TD for the 3-5 Browns. At the same point in the season, the 2-6 Broncos rushing offense (total) has combined for 538 yards rushng and 5 TDs along with 35 catches for 320 yards and 3 TDs.

    If you factor in Quinn’s lack of any playing time so far (and into the future, by all accounts) and the fact the Broncos still OWE the Browns the a sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft, and possibly a conditional pick in the 2012 draft based on Quinn’s playing time – the Broncos have made two horrendous trades this season alone.

    Number 2? Alphnso Smith, traded to Detroit for the Lions fourth string tight end, Dan Gronkowski this year also posted his 5th Interception of the season to go with his 24 tackles and 6 assists and one TD. Those stats would make Smith the current 6th ranked tackler and would rank first on the team in INT (the closest is 1 INT) and the only TD scorer on the entire defense.

  18. Mark says:

    I remember watching the Broncos go up 10-0 against the Redskins in a Super Bowl so many years ago and then fall…

    Then, patiently waiting I watched and rooted and stayed faithful as the Broncos went from Dan Reeves to Wade Suck-almost-as-bad-as-McDweeballs to the true Offensive Genius, Shanahan. He saved our team, and brought two beautiful Super Bowl victories to our beloved team. Even through that roller-coaster, I stayed faithful, and even hopeful and confident that the Broncos would turn things around.

    Now, this little punk has taken the reigns and destroyed a once great organization and embarrassed our entire state. It has never been more difficult to be a fan.

    We are not the Patriots! Every time I see that slob, sweatshirt wearing S.O.B. I get sick to my stomach. Show some professionalism and put on a suit coat, or at least a nice turtle neck. The outward sloppy appearance is indicative of the boy behind the clothing. He is a useless, arrogant punk and needs to be REMOVED.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, get rid of the guy! You might as well have put Sarah Palin in at head coach. For the sake of the entire state of Colorado, PLEASE FIRE THIS GUY NOW!!!

  19. DrunkenBroncoholic says:

    Geoff, LMAO thats the longest sentence i have ever seen.

  20. Geoff says:

    It’s like watching an over privileged 16 year old have the keys to a Ferrari handed to him by his rich bipartisan father only to arrogantly pound the petal to the floor and finally realize it is actually a manual shift he is driving and the engine is catching flames while his back end slips out from behind him as he plows into the median without ever even comprehending the fact that he would have to be aware of what anything besides a steering wheel is.

  21. BMaRsH15 says:

    McDumbass is an idiot… too bad the damage has been done, he literally traded away our whole offense, trading away a 1st round for Alphonso who? Smith. Knowshon can’t break a 10 yard run to save his life. Demaryius Thomas is supposed to be Brandon Marshall’s replacement? Yea right. Giving away Peyton Hillis for a 3rd string QB? Really? This guy needs to be fired now!

  22. DrunkenBroncoholic says:

    Excellent accounts on the pain and suffering we have gone through.. I have a feeling you will be adding to this very soon…

    Can someone tell me why McNugget covers his mouth when calling a play? Everyone knows its a pass… the fact they even run a play action fake is embarrassing.

  23. DrunkenBroncoholic says:

    I want to dip McNugget’s head in BBQ sauce and chew it off.

  24. Ryan says:

    McDaniels will one day, in about 10 years, look back and realize what an idiotic immature person he was for destroying the Broncos rich successful history for 2 seasons (he will not have a chance at a 3rd season – he will be fired soon). Thank you for embarrassing yourself with your nepotism. No thanks for making millions of Broncos fans sad. No thanks for thinking you’re the bomb, when you are truly an incompetent and immature coach who will never have another chance as head coach of an NFL team. You’ll be lucky to get a quarterbacks coach position at a mediocre NFL team. Good Bye!!!

  25. Josh McDaniels' Dad says:


  26. Ed Levy says:

    A quote from Top Gun goes: “Son your ego’s writing checks your body can’t cash.” That quote reminds me a lot of McDaniels. Except that Maverick was a good guy and turns out to be a hero in the end.

  27. Allan O says:

    This is a travesty, you don’t tear down a mansion after buying it, you only make upgrades of what you don’t like, I don’t see that kid staying here for long, he needs to be fired.

  28. Miguel says:

    Bravo! Excellent and accurate timeline. While I was in a agreement that it was time for Shanahan to move on because he had fallen into a rut, I was not supportive of Pat wanting to jump on the NE bandwagon and bring in this immature beady-eyed tool. I was willing to give the idiot the benefit of the doubt and see what he could bring to our team, which was a young team on the verge of greatness. That willingness quickly started drying up with the Cutler fiasco. Matt fricken Cassel?! I knew right then the midget clown’s love for every NE throwaway would be something that would haunt us. When we won our 1st game against the Bengals with that uber lucky miracle play, I knew that we would continue to need miracles like that just to stay afloat. And how soon did those miracles dry up… A friend texted me before this latest Raiders game looking for a prediction. I said we’ll make them look like Super Bowl contenders. Man, I had no idea we’d give them a franchise record and make them look like a Super Bowl dynasty. To give up that many points that quickly to our most hated rival at home says just how far we’ve fallen. We’ve officially hit rock bottom. How bad does it have to get for Pat to swallow his pride and admit he made the biggest mistake in franchise history? This was as bad as I’ve ever seen it. Cowher, Dungy, or even a rut riding Shanahan would have NEVER let such a home field embarrassment like that happen. It disgusts me as a lifelong Broncos fan that this farce of a coach represents a once proud and prominent Broncos Nation. Thank you for this site and for telling it like it is (and like I’ve been telling anyone and everyone for far too long). You’ve got my support 100%.

  29. Bill Jacobs says:

    Terrible personnel decisions, bad game planning, and bad gameday coaching equals pathetic football. McDaniels has lost his team and is on the verge of losing his fan base. Rude and arrogant behavior can be tolerated by a winner perhaps, but not a clueless bonehead that is losing games due to his mistakes. You cannot play sandlot football in the NFL and expect to win, the real pro teams will take it to you, even the Raiders.

    Remember that Bill Belichick coached in Cleveland and single-handedly destroyed that franchise in the 90’s before they fired him and moved to Baltimore. His clone, Josh McDufus, is doing that to Denver and it will take 10 years for this franchise to recover from his blunders.


  30. Big D says:

    This site rocks. Plain and simple the kid has to go. McDaniels has to mature and grow, but not with this organization. We drafted Tebow, our season is over, why not play him now. Also there are good coaches out there we can rebuild with. Send McDaniels back to New England, he has destroyed us good enough. To lose to the Choakland Raiders by an ass woopen’… we did not even lose that bad in the eighties Super Bowls . Good riddance Josh begone, just leave.

  31. Uncle Rico says:

    Better than Brady Quinn… agreed. Better than everyone expected… not so fast. Tebow was just okay in the preseason. He turned the ball over 4 times and his delivery and footwork was pretty bad more often than not. Sure, there were some nice throws and plays, but I just don’t see how he projects to be more than an average NFL QB at best. You would hope to get a little more than that for the price McDaniels paid to draft him in the 1st round. And now with Orton signed through 2011 and playing fairly well, Tebow won’t even see the field. I think the frustration with McDaniels is borne from the seemingly kneejerk decisions and reactionary moves… the constant roster churning and trades that just don’t seem to work out (e.g. Alphonso Smith, Jarvis Green, Richard Quinn, Brady Quinn, etc.).

  32. Travis says:

    Outstanding is a little extreme, but he was way better than Brady Quinn, and much better than anyone expected him to be.

  33. Uncle Rico says:

    Travis, thanks for visiting the site and sharing your opinion… everyone is entitled to their own. I am concerned though that you thought Tebow was “outstanding” in the preseason!

  34. Travis says:

    Everything here is a little exaggerated. While I agree McDaniels definitley is not the answer, you aren’t stating all of the facts. Russ Hochstein was signed mainly because he was an O-lineman who wasn’t from Shanny’s zone blocking scene, and knew McDaniels offense. Jabar Gaffney was a great pickup because once again he had knowledge of McDaniels system. You can not say that is is a bad thing he brought New England players in his first year, because once again they brought knowledge of the system. The Broncos couldn’t sign Marshall to a contract because Marshall simply had no desire to be in Denver. In his second year in the NFL when he was arrested after the Steelers game he told the cops “Why can’t they just trade me? I want out of this f’ing city.” So once again you are not throwing out every single fact available. Shanahan had plans of trading Marshall between ’08-’09 because he knew he was going to try to hold out. You also can’t expect a coaches very first draft to be off the wall excellent when they have not had nearly the same amount of time to prepare. Now going to recent event, Tebow looked outstanding in Preseason, but you are correct when you say he has a lot of work ahead of him. The Alphonso Smith trade was awesome in my opinion because he was able to admit his mistake and he didn’t let his ego get in front of him. If he had as huge of ego as we all thought he would have released Sy’Quand Thompson instead of trading Alphonso. The Laurnece Maroney trade isn’t a way of McD wanting to be around his own players whatsoever. We needed a big running back who could play soon, and Mauroney was on the market. Why wouldn’t you trade for a guy who has, once again, knowledge of the system we run? This site is completley over reacted bulls*&t.

  35. Pete says:

    Oops I forgot to add thanks for Mike Nolan too! Hey McDaniels if you have anybody of interest left next offseason you know where to ship them, thanks buddy!

  36. Pete says:

    Well as an avid Dolphins fan, I can honestly say THANK YOU for Brandon Marshall. That being said, as an outside observer it seems to me Josh McDaniels has no clue of what he is doing. Time will tell, but I suspect you guys will be in the market for a new head coach next offseason, the amount of damage this guy has done to your franchise in two offseasons is freaking ASTOUNDING.

  37. Terry Elliott says:

    Having been a Broncos fan since 1960, I feel safe saying that this is one of the most disheartening times in Broncos history.

    For many years, I have believed that Denver was blessed to have the ownership that Bowlen provided. After what has taken place this past year, I no longer have any confidence in his leadership. As Cary has already stated, this mess ultimately has to lay in Bowlen’s lap. Whether or not it is senility, ego, lack of interest or something else, we may never know, however allowing the seemingly, never ending antics of this inexperienced turdloid to continue, is simply inexcusable.

    I’m waiting to hear that McDipshit has signed his sister to coach the cheerleading squad. Maybe he can arrange to have “Thunder” replaced with a New England draft horse. This little clown’s a joke…

    Personally, I now pull for the Bears and Redskins and I will continue to do so until there’s a new head coach in Denver.

  38. Cary Loeser says:

    While there is no doubt that Coach McDaniels is just a young, inexperienced punk trying to prove to everyone that he is “in charge” and a master of the game, why isn’t anyone critical of Pat Bowlen for the mess that he has created? Before he hired McD, Pat Bowlen had to buy-in to the coach’s plan to bring in the New England offensive scheme (even though Denver had the number 2 rated offense during the previous year). The writing on the wall had to be there that Coach McDaniels would be firing most, if not all, of the existing offensive coaching staff in order to bring in the Pats offensive scheme. Pat Bowlen was the one who gave the order to trade Cutler after Jay refused to return any of Pat Bowlen’s telephone calls (i.e. let’s save Pat Bowlen’s damaged ego). After coach McDaniels deactivated Marshall and Scheffler for the last game, Pat Bowlen defended McDaniels by saying that Josh was a young coach and needed to establish his authority. The problem with Mike Shanahan’s last few teams was defense, not offense. Most people know that you shouldn’t fix things that aren’t broken; apparently, Pat Bowlen never figured this out. Had Bowlen hired a more experienced head coach, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall might still be with the team. When are the fans going to lay the blame for all this at Pat Bowlen’s feet, rather than an inexperienced Josh McDaniels? I’m not defending coach McDaniels, but if Denver had an owner that had the management maturity that he should have, then Denver might be looking at the possibility of the Broncos making a playoff run, instead of seeing a minimum of 2-3 years of “rebuilding.”

  39. Adam Nish says:

    Cutler, Scheffler, Marshall, Hillis… McDaniels may try to fire Pat Bowlen next…

  40. Kyle Scherer says:

    This is the best site on the internet. I am writing a paper for my college english class where I must write an argumentive essay and I have chosen to write why Josh McDaniels must be fired, and your site has given me a ton of information. Thank you!

  41. Carsten Schwitzky says:

    To me it seemed like from day one that McDaniels suffers from an inferiority complex. This is so true, look who is gone… Cutler, Hillis maybe Marshall and Scheffler might be the next. It is like he fears that someone might be bigger than him… or why had to leave Nolan really. McDaniels is a selfish immature idiot. He´s a liar with no integrity.

    He should be fired because he is such a shame for the team that I am following now for 25 years. And he is a shame for Pat Bowlen. And he pretty much messed up the whole franchise… I mean look what he did, at the draft and at his immature behaviour after the win over New England. Classless, that´s all I can say.

    I just hope that the Broncos (even though I love them from my heart) will loose badly this season… although it would be sad for Champ.

  42. Lancane says:

    You know, and it is sad…I was one of McD’s biggest supporters, for two reasons: because he would likely bring in the 3-4 defense, and I felt he would help better Cutler and the offense. Well, he brought the defense, but he lost my respect when he began to dismantle the league’s second best offense. McD caused the whole Cutler issue, he lied and so many fans swallowed it like it was H2O, when they should have seen the arsenic floating in the tap water. Since then I have had a hard time believing anything he does or says, all should be taken with a grain of salt…

    I would have likely gave him a chance if he drafted well, and I did predict he would draft Moreno, though in truth he should have moved to get Sanchez. But the idiot is so Orton-ized that he likely has a pin up poster of the overrated Orton in his bathroom, or seems likely to have such. Now he has alienated Marshall whom if Denver did not have we would have finished about 4-12, so he may be gone, and he wants to suddenly change the blocking scheme…hello? Anyone home! So we are likely to see nothing but journeyman rejects as our offensive starters in 2010, give the offensive line…well Clady at least will be here, so I guess that is a bright spot.

  43. Uncle Rico says:

    Rich, the point is that McDaniels lacks the maturity and leadership characteristics necessary of an NFL head coach. It’s one thing to celebrate a win, but McDaniels looked like a jack ass after the New England game. I am willing to bet he lost a lot of respect from his mentor, Bill Belichick, and other league insiders with such childish antics. Thanks for visiting the site!

  44. Rich says:

    “After the Broncos beat New England 20-17 in overtime to improve to 5-0, McDaniels celebrates with tactless fist pumping while running around Invesco Field at Mile High ”

    Yeah, I hate seeing a coach that wants to win that bad, and gets excited to win against a quality opponent.

    This website is a complete joke!

  45. Uncle Rico says:

    Justin, Wade Phillips was fired after 2 seasons as head coach in Denver but he didn’t operate in the impetuous fashion that McDaniels has since arriving in Denver. So, I am with you… McDaniels doesn’t deserve the benefit of a second season.

  46. Justin B says:

    We fired Wade Philips after 1 season why not this idiot? I love the Broncos and he has destroyed this franchise.

  47. Carlo LaGuerre says:

    McDANIELS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FML.

  48. John Stasinos says:

    Thank God you exist! Don’t think you’re out there alone. For the past year I have been e-mailing the Denver Broncos, prominent Denver newspaper columnists, any fan forumns that I could find, and even pleading with individuals in the street against McDaniels’ mismanagement. This website is exactly the tool that is needed in the fight against his reign of incompetence.

    My group calls itself “Intelligent Fans Want Action” and we have been in existence since the worst decision in the history of professional sports, the Cutler Trade, advocating for the ouster of McDaniels from our proud and storied organization. Thank you for this website and we pledge our support.

  49. Jon Jackson says:

    Thanks, this is an excellent account of the past year. As painful as it is to read, it’s good for everyone to remember the truly astonishing number of things McDaniels has done wrong while leading our beloved franchise into utter and complete ruin. Keep up the good work my man.

    McFire McDaniels!!!

  50. Tim Graham says:

    Great account of the Year of McDumb! We’ll likely have to sit through another season of McDaniels (because Pat Bowlen is not willing to pay for McDaniels to sit at home, Shanahan to coach the Redskins, and Cowher to coach the Broncos), but the little man should be held accountable.

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