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How Bronco’s Owner Pat Bowlen Can Make Even Al Davis Look Good

By Brian Ailor

1. First you fire a proven offensive genius in Mike Shanahan, Allah Al Davis, for a so called offensive genius in Josh McDaniels. Some offensive genius huh… Maybe someone should tell McDaniels your allowed to run the ball in pro football with 430 passing attempts and only 249 rushing attempts so far this season. Over 63% of the Broncos offense comes through the air.

2. You then let said coach trade away players such as franchise QB Jay Cutler, who has a cannon for an arm the likes of Hall of famer John Elway and the mobility to boot. Then stud all pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall. I don't even want to talk about Running back Payton Hillis who's having a career year in Cleveland. *sighs*

3. Pop Quiz... You just traded away your two most explosive weapons on your team for draft picks and your now on the clock. What would Al Davis do???

(A) Replace an aging defense.
(B) Sure up your offensive line.
(C) Reload on WR by drafting Dez Bryant.
(D) Trade for both Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn then gamble big time on mechanics unfriendly Tim Tebow.

4. The McDaniel’s experiment started about as well as can be expected... a little too well for Pat Bowlen's liking apparently as the broncos parted ways with Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who only helped the Broncos to a measly 6-0 start a year ago. Not to mention coaching an undersized defensive end in Elvis Dummerville into the NFLs sack leader. A pretty tall task when you consider this was the year the Broncos switched from a conventional 4-3 defense to the trendy 3-4.

5. Spy Gate 2. Say what you will about Al Davis but his team has never been accused of, or worse, caught filming walkthroughs of the opposing teams. Yes, in case you haven’t heard the Bronco’s former videographer, Steve Scarnecchia, taped six minutes of the 49ers’ walkthrough practice the day before the game on Oct. 31st in London.

Despite for the betterment of the team, or at least the best wishes of Broncos fans, the penalty for this act was not followed up by an immediate termination of head coach Josh McDaniels. Not even a $500,00 fine like former McDaniel mentor Bill Belichick did when his Patriots team was caught having similar scandal. But a lousy $50,000 fine instead.

In a nutshell, even with the Broncos’ recent taping scandal, their current 3-8 record and McDaniel’s 5-16 record in the last 21 games, looks like McDaniel is still Bowlen’s coach for this year and next. Hopefully for Bronco fans that’s just because of the lingering threat of an NFL lock out next year and not because Pat Bowlen is trying to pull an Al Davis on us.


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