An impatient fan base, a blood thirsty media, a senile "owner", a greedy COO, and wishful thinking when it comes to restoring a winning culture.
Long gone are the days that we can cheer on a coach who fist pumps the crowd, curses on national t.v. while it being Thanksgiving night, hip-checks his wide receivers, beats an AFC west team into the ground with his sub-par talent of a team, moves more up and down the draft board than any other NFL team, shakes the hand of an opposing coach (win or lose), calls out a team for when they are coaching their players to cheat, gives honest and straightforward pressers, a coach not afraid to go against the main-stream-media and pick-up a player like Tim Tebow, plays loud rock music at the practice sessions, a coach who races along side his wide receivers as they score the game winning touchdown, rotates which players will be signing autographs at Dove Valley, changes the cafeteria food to healthier options, builds a team of players that are driven to win, get rid of spoiled and ungrateful wife beating wide receivers and whiney quarterbacks, and last but not least, gives several honks and a wave goodbye to the same media that screwed him over.
That is the reality. That is the coach that the Denver Broncos organization surrendered and threw out like yesterday's garbage. That is the coach in which the COO, Mr. Joe Ellis himself (cousin of a former president who encouraged torture on human beings and the same cousin who said he thought that the former president did a good job representing the United States of America), said was going to go on and have a successful career. This is the same COO that booted McDaniels while saying that the coach needed more support within the Bronco organization and front office. Ladies and gentleman, we the fans, just got screwed. Not only do the Broncos have to face Bill Bilichick, they will eventually have to face Josh McDaniels.
Did you honestly think that his 2009 6-0 team was a fluke? McDaniels took a less than average quarterback and a less than average football team and beat Superbowl caliper teams in the New England Patriots, the Dallas Cowboys, and the San Diego Chargers... all within 3 weeks of each other. Was one more season too much to ask before showing him the door? It is if you have an impatient and want-it-now fan base, an ignorant and greedy COO, a powerless and senile owner, and a blood-thirsty media.
Bronco fans, why did Josh McDaniels give several honks, a smile, and a wave goodbye as he was prematurely jettisoned from Dove Valley? He wasn't just paying respect to a community that showed him none. McD gave several honks, a smile, and a wave goodbye because he knows that he is going to be a successful and winning coach in the National Football League.
Maybe, if it's not too late, we can get him back with an apology and a quality front office. You don't throw away a coach who the players have more than once said how much they like playing for. Yeah, good luck finding a coach that shows as much passion, drive, and balls as Josh McDaniels has shown while having his stint in Denver. Good luck finding a coach that will boot out a Jay Cutler and bring in a Tim Tebow. Good luck Bronco nation, we are going to need it. We might of just sealed our fate to a decade of losing. Hopefully the new coach keeps Tebow, because we now have something to collectively pray for.
Those several honks will end-up being a war cry by a coach who will one day beat us the way Shanahan use to beat the Raiders. We are now going to watch highlight reals of an opposing coach fist pumping his fans while racing up and down the sidelines. With that, I thank you Josh McDaniels, and I am terribly sorry that you were shown the door prematurely. I am sorry that you did not get to meet with patient fans, like myself, who greatly appreciated the vision and direction you were trying to take this Broncos team. It is too bad that somebody like Joe Ellis doesn't have that same type of patience or vision. Goodbye Josh, you will be missed... dearly.