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#pounditThursday, December 8, 2022

Ex-Bronco shares where Josh McDaniels went wrong as head coach

Josh McDaniels in Raiders gear

Aug 4, 2022; Canton, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels reacts during the Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McDaniels may have a football IQ that’s through the roof, but his ability to connect with people on a human level seems to be lacking.

That issue appears evident now that McDaniels is with the Las Vegas Raiders. The problem was abundantly clear during his time with the Denver Broncos, according to one former player.

In a series of tweets sent during the week, former Bronco Tyler Polumbus shared some issues McDaniels had in Denver. Polumbus, who played under McDaniels in Denver in 2009, said that McDaniels was lacking social skills. Polumbus also said McDaniels broke down how the coach treated grown men like children.

Polumbus said that instead of building players up, McDaniels made it a routine point to tear them down. Polumbus says that is how every single day started for the Broncos.

Even after the 2010 season had concluded and McDaniels knew he was on his way out, he wasn’t able to reel himself in. He shredded the players during their exit interviews — all while calling out upper management.

Ultimately, Polumbus came to the same conclusion many others came to: McDaniels has a brilliant football mind but like many other Bill Belichick disciples, struggles with the human element.

McDaniels has already come under a lot of criticism this year following the Raiders’ 0-3 start, and it shows no signs of slowing down.


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