I have long condsidered Bowlen to be a top-notch NFL owner. Apart from the occasional misfire (*cough* Wade Phillips), he's generally been pretty good at what an owner should be good at - picking good football people to run the show, providing lots of money, and then getting out of the way. A couple of his recent actions, however, leave me more than a bit puzzled. The first doubts started to creep in after he fired Mike Shanahan. Although Shanny was a very good coach, his act may have gone a little stale in Denver. So I could appreciate that Bowlen felt a change was in order. As I thought about it more, I came to the conclusion there was no way Bowlen would have fired a top-10 coach unless he had a very good replacement already in mind (I had concluded it was probably Bill Cowher, boy was I wrong!). As it turned out, not only did Bowlen not have a known quantity waiting in the wings, he didn't have the first clue as to who he wanted. When I heard Bowlen's strategy was going to be a whirlwind tour to interview other teams' novice coordinators, I lost more than just a little faith in his decision-making ability. Now it's come to light that the guy Mr. Bowlen eventually chose, who I like to refer to as Josh McBushleague, wants to turn the Broncos into a second-rate version of the New England Patriots. Neither Bowlen nor Josh values their young franchise quarterback enough to build a system around him. Instead, (now that Josh is stuck with him), he's going to take our 25 year old pro-bowl QB who excels at playmaking on the fly (the square peg) and try to fit him into a methodical, dink-and-dunk, high-efficiency offense (the round hole). This is not going to be easy, especially after Bowlen and McBushleague alienated their franchise QB by handling their attempt at getting rid of him in embarrassingly amatuerish fashion. And I don't think it's going to work. Now, there is nothing in the NFL that can't be fixed by approximately 10 or 12 regular-season wins. However, at this early stage, I am seriously starting to wonder when the next time Denver will even sniff 10 victories will be. If Bowlen doesn't start making better decisions, it could be quite a while.