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Horse Tracks - 1/14/09



Milehighreport_small_medium"Obviously we'll have to adjust the personnel some," said Jim Goodman, who runs the Broncos' player personnel department. "(McDaniels) may want to do a hybrid type thing where he goes to a 4-3 some."

Milehighreport_small_mediumIt must be downright discouraging and demoralizing for somebody who has served as a defensive coordinator, then head coach, for 14 1/2 seasons — with five different teams — yet reached the playoffs only TWO of those years, won more than 10 games just once, had a losing record in eight seasons (and only four or five victories four times), was fired several times and, in the biggest game all his teams played, saw the defense reduced to ashes (44 points).

Milehighreport_small_mediumBroncos center Casey Wiegmann will admit that even though he has played in the NFL for 13 seasons, he is not exactly a household name, which might have kept him out of the Pro Bowl in previous years.

Milehighreport_small_mediumBroncos coach Josh McDaniels planned to place a call Tuesday to his new quarterback, Jay Cutler. It's not known whether they spoke, because Cutler has been traveling.

Milehighreport_small_mediumScott O'Brien, the Broncos' special-teams coach the past two seasons, is leaving for New England, where he will be reunited with head coach Bill Belichick, according to an NFL source.

Milehighreport_small_mediumScott Pioli, who helped build and lead a dynasty in New England, is now in charge of a Kansas City franchise that hasn't won a playoff game in 14 year


Milehighreport_small_mediumHe spent his youth before that at various pro camps, shagging punts with the players and helping out where he could, while his father, Dick, was coach of the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.

Milehighreport_small_mediumJosh McDaniels' first full day as Broncos coach consisted mostly of closed doors and the meetings behind them as he moved toward building a coaching staff and evaluating his team's personnel.

Milehighreport_small_mediumYou do not fire Batman to hire Robin.  The examples of boy wonders in football coaching are impressive, starting with another John Carroll alum - just as is Josh By Gosh McDaniels - a man who actually played in the NFL, Don Shula.


Milehighreport_small_mediumBroncos quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates has been granted permission by the team to talk with the Oakland Raiders about a job on that team's coaching staff.


Milehighreport_small_mediumJosh McDaniels will emulate the hoodie and the habits of his mentor, Bill Belichick.  The dour personality of the New England coach? Not so much.
Milehighreport_small_mediumThe 49-year-old Nolan served as defensive coordinator with the Ravens, Jets, Redskins and Giants before getting his first head coaching job in San Francisco, where he was fired midway through his fourth season last year.

Milehighreport_small_mediumThrough the magic of the Internet, I was able to watch a few minutes of the press conference Monday in Denver in which Josh McDaniels was introduced as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos.