I have seen the word homer used to describe fans. Most of them describe "homers" as fans of a certain team who believe that their team and its management and ownership can do no wrong. Some think that 99% of the folks here on MHR are "homers" just because they are optimistic about the Broncos. I don' think that is a fair assessment of a Homer. If it is a fair comparison then how would you describe someone who continually bashes their team and it's management and ownership. I don't know about you but I call them D.P. Posters, as most of them are uber-pessimistic! I consider myself to be a homer but with a different point of view as to what a "homer" is. I will attempt to explain below.
In my opinion there is nothing wrong with holding your favorite team accountable for their actions and that includes the head coach. I have been a fan of the Bronco's since Lou Saban was the head coach and the team was owned by the Phipps brothers after they purchased it from Bob Howsam Jr. I have liked every head coach the Bronco's have had since becoming a fan and I still like all of them to this day. I was lucky enough to meet Wade Phillips and Dan Reeves and both were gracious men. Following the Phipps brothers the team was owned by Edgar Kaiser Jr and then Pat Bowlen.
To say that the Bronco's have been graced by excellent owners is an understatement. Every head coach that has coached the Broncos has been given the freedom and the tools to give them and the Broncos the best chance for success. In turn each coach has to be held accountable for his teams performance on the field and they have been. Every man that has been head coach of the Broncos since and including Saban have been very successful either before or after their time with the Bronco's. Some were successful before and after their days in Denver. I have a feeling Mike Shanahan will have some success in Washington but I am not positive. I hope he does, just not against the Broncos. Each of the preceding head coaches in Denver were given a fair amount of time to be successful based on their age, experience and reputation and I think that Josh McDaniels deserves the same consideration.
When McDaniels came to Denver and cut several players, many of them very popular, and trades the starting QB because they don't fit in with what he wants to do, then brings in his own guys he is considered a fool and called names. One year later when Mike Shanahan basically does the same thing in Washington it is barely noticed because he is an "experienced" coach who "must know what he is doing". McDaniels is blasted again because he ships out two more players who don't want to be in Denver. All the while the Pittsburgh Steelers are praised for the way they deal with two of their problem children. Washington is considered a very agressive team that goes after the players they want with tenacity. So am I the only one that finds it curious that Shanahan did not go after Marshall and or Schefler?
It is my belief that if Shanahan had drafted Ed Reed instead of Ashlie Lelie and found a way to keep Trvor Pryce, Bert Berry and Reggie Heyward on the roster he would still be coaching here and have at least another Vince Lombardi trophy. I loved Shanahan as a coach and hated to see him go, but he was made accountable for his actions by Mr. Bowlen and that is why he is no longer here. Which brings us to our current head coach. I wish things could have been worked out with Cutler, Marshall and Schefler but that is now in the past. However, Josh McDaniels will be held accountable for their departure. He will also be held accountable for the players he has brought to this team and the ones he will continue to add to and remove from the roster. I do not have a problem with him being held accountable. I happen to believe that he is on the right track in turning this team around and he just deserves a fair chance to do so and one year is not a fair chance. I hope that he is extremely successful and is in Denver for a long long time. Just as I have hoped for every head coach of the Denver Bronco's since I became a fan. It has almost happened twice, Maybe the third time is a charm! If all my above ramblings makes me a "Homer", then I am damn proud to be one.