McDaniels replaced the icon in Denver who won them their first and second championships. The owner said he and Shanny were best friends
and had tears in his eyes when he announced his decision.
Given any of these taping insider reports credence, and I really don't, the worst thing would be dressing down your staff in front of the owner. If he in fact referred to Belichick and systemic practices, I believe he flatly denied that claim as that would be in the context of a walk-through and has not to date been confirmed by anybody (I believe the NFL reserved the right to reopen the investigation if that confirmation ever surfaced). If he mentioned systemic taping as to signals, that is the closest analogy and is a matter of public record, so he was likely saying there is precedent and people will lose their jobs for not heeding that lesson. In any event, it was said during a staff meeting and not intended as a public statement so not knowing what Belichick says in private meetings I do not know if that would be inappropriate.
Cutler was the right move (he is an inferior version of Favre, meaning he makes fewer plays and just as many mistakes). Tebow is a question mark as this has not been a great year to see what he can do. Marshall is a head case and inconsistent, so that was a good move as well. Orton was a good move and has performed. The team lost pretty much all its intended running backs for the season and Dumerville. I think Bowlen screwed this up big time.
And I wonder who was responsible for the hiring of Eric Studeville
in January, the guy now serving as head coach? 43 years old, with no coordinator experience at all. If it wasn't McDaniels, then the axe may well have been raised by Bowlen almost a year ago and the running backs coach job was a tryout for Studeville.