Pat Bowlen must dread the process of hiring a head coach. He kept Mike Shanahan around for 14 years, even though the last 10 had just one playoff win. For his next head coach, Bowlen hired someone half his own age, perhaps an indication that if all goes well, the Broncos' owner may have made the last big hire of his life.
Josh McDaniels is a young, updated, modernized, fresh-faced, new-millennium model of Mike Shanahan. That's what the Broncos believe, and he's who Pat Bowlen believes in.
After taking away Mike Shanahan's toy box in a huff, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen turned around and gave it to a kid. At eight months and 20 days past his 32nd birthday, Josh McDaniels won't be the youngest head coach in NFL history. But he definitely cut to the front of the line in Denver, one of the best jobs in the league.
Football fans gave mixed reviews Sunday night after hearing the news that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will be hired to replace former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. The Denver Post gathered opinions at the ESPN Zone on the 16th Street Mall as well as on denverpost.com.
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With a quarterback they hope to nurture to the championship tier and a franchise- shaping decision to be made, the Broncos agreed to terms with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to be their next head coach.
At age 32, Josh McDaniels won't be much older than some of the players he'll coach in Denver. That doesn't seem to bother Broncos players, who, themselves are skewing Generation Y.
Two Broncos players said Sunday night they had been told Dom Capers would be the team's new defensive coach. Capers is a former Steelers defensive coordinator – the team had the league's No. 1 defense in 1992 during Capers' tenure – as well as former Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans head coach.
Not his fault, but Josh McDaniels follows in the footsteps of Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini. Between them, they've held four head coaching jobs since departing Belichick's lightless bunker. The first three haven't worked out that well, but Mangini, the next big thing just three years ago, now starts as fresh in Cleveland as McDaniels does in Denver.