I was responding to another post regarding Mike Shanahan's "ego" and decided to chime in on my own to get some more in-depth feedback from my friends here at MHR. Let's discuss the merits of my posited argument after the jump.
One member stated that Mike Shanahan's ego was the problem in how he made personnel moves. It brought to my feeble mind that this was exactly what we were saying at the time about Dan Reeves at the end of his tenure.
Namely, too much "ego" as he had let Shanny go for collaborating with Elway behind his back. The claim was unproven, but honestly, not a bad idea in my opinion as Reeves' play calling had become absolutely mind-numbingly conservative (hit rewind a decade and see he was initially hired as an "innovative offensive genius").
Then Shanny came in (after two more mind-numbing Wade Phillips years – sheesh!) as an "innovative offensive genius" and morphed into somewhat of a predictable play caller (see Bate's) in the latter years. I understand that much of this transition may have had a lot to do with personnel, but they both shifted strongly in that direction through the years.
Is it the NFL grind that does that to creative men?
It will be fun to see how Coach McDaniels “evolves” as a Head Coach. I’ve been around athletics my whole life (Dad was a Coach and head of the US Olympic Committee, I was a collegiate Head Coach at the JUCO, D-II and D1 levels for 14 years), and have never witness one such as OUR Josh.
I don’t worry so much about him following a similar path because of his unabashed enthusiasm and unique combination of “Taskmaster” AND “Player’s Coach”. Regardless of the sport, pro or college, this combination of personality traits is almost unheard of in the levels and depth that McDaniels has displayed here in Denver in just the past six months. Add to that his stout organizational skill set, and we may be on to a once in a lifetime Head Coach here.
Look back in 10 years and check this post, wanna lay a bet that I’m right or wrong?
I know, I know, hyperbole this early in his career, but I’m just sayin’…