Josh McDaniels Drops F-Bomb During Broncos Game, NFL Network Airs it

The NFL Network had a major screw-up in a big moment on Thursday night. Still trying to grow in terms of popularity, ratings, and viewership, the NFL Network hosted an evening game on Thanksgiving for the second straight year. Whatever excitement the game lacked because of the horrid play by the Giants was made up for by NFL Network which played this audio of Josh McDaniels dropping an f-bomb while yelling at his players during the game:

All I got out of that jibberish was, “All we’re trying to do is win a mother****ing game!” McDaniels kind of lost me after that. I suppose the audio wasn’t even intended for me to hear anyway, so he probably accomplished his goal of trying to motivate his team. After the game, McDaniels responded to the NFL Network’s mistake (for which they immediately apologized on-air), saying, “It’s the NFL Network. It doesn’t surprise me.” You figure someone would have previewed the sound before giving it clearance on-air. If they didn’t I’m guessing a suspension or firing is in line, unfortunately.

Josh McDaniels’ Newest Project: Fixing the Broncos’ Cafeteria

If you were wondering what Josh McDaniels’ next big step was as the first-year head coach of the Broncos, we now have the answer. You follow up chasing your franchise quarterback out of town by changing up the team cafeteria! The Denver Post has the details:

Among [McDaniels'] discoveries were that Broncos players collectively lost approximately 450 pounds from the beginning of training camp last year until season’s end.

The Broncos have altered the daily menu at Dove Valley and have plans to expand the kitchen.

“We addressed the nutrition end of it,” McDaniels said after the team’s mini-camp workout Sunday. “We want to make sure our players are as healthy and fed as well as we can feed them. We don’t want to end up with a different team in December as what we put together in September.”

Somewhere Mike Shanahan is reading this and laughing his ass off. I wonder what the league average is for weight loss from beginning to end of a season. Between daily practices and Sunday wars, I can’t imagine anyone’s gaining weight nor maintaining it. The notable exception of course is the coaching staffs — seems like those guys are putting on pounds by the hour. Call me skeptical, but I’m guessing the Broncos have bigger fish to fry such as fixing that defense and finding a healthy running back.

Jay Cutler and Josh McDaniels Starting Off on the Wrong Foot

This probably was not the way Josh McDaniels wanted to kick off his era as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Apparently trade winds blew their way to quarterback Jay Cutler, who found out that the Broncos were fielding phone calls and entertaining the thought of dealing him in a three-way trade. Those rumored trades never happened and Matt Cassel got dealt to Kansas City along with Mike Vrabel. Considering Cutler never got traded, the Broncos would have been best served to keep the word of trade talks to themselves. Somehow word slipped out however and Jay Cutler is not happy about it:

“My understanding at this point is they’re trying to trade me. We’ll see where I end up at. I liked it here, I liked playing with these guys but obviously they’re not going to let me have that opportunity.”

“I’m upset. I mean I’m really shocked at this point,” he said. “I could see why they want Cassel. I don’t know if they think I can’t run the system or I don’t have the skills for it. I just don’t get it. Or if they don’t think they can sign me with my next contract. I just don’t know what it is. I’ve heard I’m still on the trading block.”

Funny how Cutler used the past tense, making it seem like he’s already gone. Now that the team didn’t get Cassel, there’s no question in my mind that he’ll be back as the team’s quarterback, so he’ll have to change his attitude. McDaniels may have tried to downplay the incident by saying that Tampa Bay initiated talks and that they field calls about all the players at this time, but he certainly has his work cut out for him. I’m not sure he needs to buy Cutler a $4 million diamond ring to kiss and make up, but he’s going to have to make Cutler feel pretty. As for Cutler, I could see why he’d be upset and I bet I’d be angry too, but he needs to move on. He already had his coach get fired and he needs to get used to the lack of loyalty in this league.

Someone Explain to Me the Broncos’ Hiring of Josh McDaniels

Another year down in the NFL, another year of new hot head coaching candidates. I can’t fault coordinators for jumping at jobs knowing the way things work in this league. Just last off-season Jason Garrett was one of the most highly sought coordinators, now he’s just another name. Same thing with Ron Rivera not long ago. This year’s crop included names like Jim Schwartz, Leslie Frazier, and Josh McDaniels. While the Bill Walsh coaching tree has certainly bred success, the Bill Belichick tree has been anything but.

Charlie Weis has struggled at Notre Dame in the years without primo talent he inherited, Romeo Crennel was shaky at Cleveland, and Eric Mangini wasn’t anything special with the Jets. If those three are any indication, it would be that Belichick’s the mastermind of the staff, not the coordinators. Furthermore, the Patriots’ success speaks to the job Scott Pioli did as the player personnel VP. He acquired Randy Moss, signed Wes Welker, and drafted Matt Cassel as a backup, just to name a few. Pioli seems to have a strong eye for talent while there’s no doubt Belichick brings them in and makes them work. For the Chiefs to hire Pioli it seems like a good move. But for the Broncos to hire McDaniels seems questionable to me.

Not only has pulling from the Belichick tree proven to provide less than desirable results, but McDaniels’ specialty isn’t on the side of the ball that needs the improvement in Denver. When Mike Shanahan was fired by the Broncos, we concluded the team needed to upgrade its defense considering Shanahan was an offensive specialist. That being said, why bring in another offensive-minded guy to run the team? So he can get the offense scoring 30 points again like last year but the defense giving up 35 again? Couldn’t most coaches succeed with the offensive talent they’re inheriting in Denver? Why wouldn’t you bring in a Jim Schwartz or Steve Spagnuolo or Rex Ryan — guys that specialize in defense? This hiring just doesn’t make much sense to me given the Broncos’ current situation.