Is Josh MCDaniels building the Broncos into a team that will be a legitimate contender year in and year out which is what we all want to see out of our favorite team? In other words does he have long or short tern vision when it comes to the Broncos?
It was pretty obvious that Mike Shanahan was hired by Pat Bowlen to win immediately and he did. The Bronco's had a fairly seasoned team that had Super Bowl experience especially at Quarterback and on the offensive line. They just needed a few pieces and Shanahan found them (T.D.). By winning those two Super Bowls, Shanahan was given a lot of room by Pat Bowlen to run the Bronco's and I think that he believed that he was always just a player or two away from winning again. To me that is how manged the team until the Goodman's appeared and by then it was too late to fix the Bronco's without an overhaul. Like Michael Corleone the more power Shanahan accumulated, the more isolated he became especially in his thinking. Mike Shanahan the GM had a very spotty draft record specifically in the first round. Now I don't want it to sound like I did not like Mike Shanahan. On the contrary, I think he was a great coach for the Broncos but I also believe that it was time for him and the Broncos to part company and move on without each other.
Which leads me to Josh McDaniels, a brash young coach with, to me, a definite vision as to how he wants to lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl. First of all he parted ways with a Quarterback that did not want to play for him and went through the season with a different one. This year he parted ways with two more players who really did not want to be in Denver either hopefully purging the team of players with the improper attitude to be a Bronco. He definitely have lost the respect of some of the fans but I think he gained more respect from his team. With his very first draft he acquired nine players that made the football team last season. There were also two free agent signees that are still with the team with the distinct possibility that 9 of the 11 will make the team this year. According to our very own Sayre Bedinger, McDaniels has already built a defensive backfield for the long term even if everybodys favorite whipping boy, Alphonso Smith, turns out to be a bust. I also believe that he has just achieved the same thing with his offensive line and Quarterback positions. In this years draft McDaniels drafted three very talented Offensive lineman (two with early picks) who are all very versatile and should have long NFL careers. He picked up two extra picks that he used to draft Tim Tebow and he also came away with two potentially great WR's. He then hedged his bets on the injury front by signing another versatile and capable lineman from the Jaguars. McDaniels also drafted players who seem to be genuinely happy to play in Denver and willing to work very hard towards a common goal.
At Quarterback there should be very good competition between Orton and Quinn as to who will start as well as the two younger guys who are all going to be coached up by McDaniels and his staff. The wide receiver and tight end competition looks to be as competitive and loaded with potential as it has been in years.
Defensively the line and the linebacker play should be improved from last year with the addition of new personnel and an aggressive new defensive coordinator who seems to be on the same page as the head coach. D-line and linebacker will probably be addressed in next years draft or through free agency if they don't perform well this year. The special teams have also been addressed this year and hopefully will be more improved over last year.
We saw the real potential of this team early in the season last year before they were hurt by injury and basically wore down due to lack of quality and or experienced depth at many positions along with limited use of the playbook. Josh McDaniels and his staff have taken many steps to rectify those problems setting the Broncos up for a playoff season and paving the way for this team to be a playoff and Super Bowl contender on a yearly basis which leaves me both very optimistic and excited about the future of the Denver Broncos.