Ultimately, it won't be Pat Bowlen who decides whether Josh McDaniels, at 32, is ready to become the Broncos' next head coach. It would be Champ Bailey and Casey Wiegmann. The decisions would come from the hearts, souls and minds of D.J. Williams, Jay Cutler and Ebenezer Ekuban. It's the Broncos players who would determine whether a kid like McDaniels would be worthy of their respect, and trust, to follow his lead.
More than a decade ago, when Doug Williams was putting together his first coaching staff at Morehouse College in Atlanta, he turned to a former NFL teammate to run the defense. It didn't matter that Todd Bowles had never been a coach before.
With nearly the entire game in front of him, and the outcome leading to either the playoffs or season's end, Champ Bailey must not have believed there was much choice.
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Bill Romanowski has the perfect coaching candidate in mind for the Broncos, a dark horse, somebody out of the blue who's on nobody's radar - himself.
In search of a turnaround, the Broncos turned to a coaching candidate Thursday who was part of the biggest season-to-season turnaround in league history.