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McDaniels would need vets' nod
By Mike Klis
The Denver Post
Josh McDaniels has excelled during his time as Patriots assistant. 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.
"If he were going to get the job, I would say without exception the players would be surprised when he walks through the door," said . . .
"Momentum was quickly snatched away by New England, who once again proved that any Patriot, at any moment, can make a play." —Inside the NFL, Packers v. Patriots
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Yeah, Cutler-Marshall-Royal is a good place to start. On the other hand, Chad Jackson is probably hoping he doesn't get it.
I'm not so sure the age thing would be as big a factor in Denver as it would be elsewhere. They have a pretty young roster (something like 60% with 3 years or less in the league), and the vets like Bailey, Darrell Jackson, Nalen, Wiegmann, all seem like good solid locker room guys. Brandon Marshall is the only possible problem player.
Also, this quote from Jim Miller speaks strongly against the poster who said McDaniels doesn't know enough about defense.
"Bill Belichick does a great job with all his assistants where they start out on defense first and then they work their way to the offensive side of the ball," Miller said. "He wants them to be good at everything. That's what Bill Belichick does — he could coach every position on the field. He tries to expose his coaches to that as well."
It's funny. I heard Michelle Tafoire on ESPN radio over the holidays and she said that when they were covering the Pats for an ESPN game last year. They had an interview with McDaniels scheduled. When McDaniels walked in, they though the was a junior level PR person and were surprised when he introduced himself as the Offensive Coordinator of the Patriots.