I knew i should have gone to bed after the third TD, but I just couldn't turn off GamePass and log off MHR. First I was angry, then I couldn't care how much the score would be, but in the end I started to feel sorry for McDaniels. I don't know why this feeling came around. maybe it was Sayre Bendinger writing a comment about he could loose his job, but I shouldn't feel sorry for that. I have believed in him all the time, but don't have any strong feelings for the guy. I am a fan of the Broncos, players and coaches, but forget them after they are gone.
I waved goodbye to Shanahan without feeling anything, but new optimism. Today however is a different feeling for the coach, and I think I know why.
I have been in situations where everything collapses, and one stares down into the abyss. The feeling you get is that of complete and utter loneliness. In these times you need someone to give you a pad on the shoulder, a hug og just some kind words, to ease the feeling of loneliness.
What I saw on GamePass yesterday was a very lonely individual, standing by himself and looking at a gameplan completely lost to the world. Where was the team he has built, where were the leaders, the character guys? It seemed that everyone was alone, playing alone, suffering alone. I thought this team were built on team spirit as a main ingredient, yesterday I saw nothing like that. And this is why I felt sorry for McDaniels. He has talked and talked, but now that everything crumbles, the team spirit should have pushed through. We should have seen it, maybe have seen players going over to the coach saying they are sorry. But no one did, and that makes McDaniels a sorry sight. The high character guys didn't stand by his side, didn't fight for him, dind't care if he looses the job, because they don't believe in him anymore. They don't trust him, they don't understand what he is doing and they are sensing that he starts to second guessing himself now as well.
This week is a turning point for the McD era. If the team comes together and pulls out a win in London, great things can come from it. It is about realizing that a team needs to be a team, and everybody needs to be there for each other. If they lose in London, McD is lost. He will not be fired before the season ends, but his team will quit on him.
The scary part is that this game, the all desisive game og McD's tenure comes on Halloween.