So, I was watching the Sunday Night Football game. Preseason football? What about Entourage and True Blood? Well, I watch sports. That’s what I do. It’s like my thing. Well, cheese is my thing, but it’s like my second thing. And, I can watch Entourage anytime. The real reason I was watching the football was because I wanted to check out Jay Cutler’s return to Denver. It was Josh McDaniels’s first home game as the Broncos coach, and the first since he traded Cutler to the Bears. The Broncos quarterback is now Kyle Orton. Yes, the Kyle Orton that stinks. There isn’t a new Kyle Orton. So, that’s how McDaniels ushered in his reign as Broncos coach. He whiffed on Matt Cassell, disgruntled his overly-sensitive yet talented quarterback, and brought in Kyle Orton. Let’s see how this is going to play out.
First of all McDaniels looks like someone dressed up as Bill Belichick for Halloween. When he came out Sunday wearing the hoodie I almost threw up. Get your own thing. Belichick is a great coach, let’s not even discuss that, but he’s making these other guys look better, and just because someone coaches with Belichick doesn’t make him a genius. Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis the Man-Genius…these guys have mixed reviews at best. McDaniels is a super young guy, I’m sure he’s great in the gusto department, but I think he’s going to run the Broncos right into the ground. This is a classic case of the Broncos not knowing what they had until it was gone. Oh, haven’t won a Super Bowl in 8 years or whatever…boo hoo…how does 5-11 sound?
But, wait. Josh McDaniels called the plays in New England. Great. Marty Morning-Nuts calls the plays in Philly. You want him coaching your squad? I’m pretty sure any die-hard Pats fan that plays Madden could call the plays in New England. And, maybe he is a good play caller…terrific. Doesn’t mean he can coach or should be able to make any personnel decisions. The Broncos got absolutely slapped by Chicago. The Bears defense was giving up nothing. I know Moreno wasn’t playing, and Marshall is suspended, but are we going to count on Marshall at all at this point? And, what about that notion that anyone could gain 1,000 yds running for the Broncos?
Well, the Broncos offensive line was still getting praise all game, but the running backs weren’t doing a thing. The combination of Buckhalter and Hillis were snapping off about 2 yards a clip. Buckhalter had one 20 yard gain, somewhat skewing his mediocre stats. The first team pumped in all of three points at home in the first half, and Kyle Orton…well I guess he can throw the underneath stuff. Buckle up and enjoy the ride Broncos fans. You’re going to have running backs and tight ends catching 4 yard patterns all year. Meanwhile Cutler looked shaky early, but lead a long touchdown drive at the end of the first half. The Bears look legit, and they’re still going to pound the ball, because Cutler or no Cutler…their receivers stink. I’m sticking to it.
So, Josh McDaniels keep wearing your hoodie. Keep being the tough guy. Keep bringing in Patriot castoffs like Russ Hochstein and Dan Graham. Keep stone-walling people on injury reports…do it up, Belichick style. In three years this guy’s going to be a valet at Gillette Stadium, or walking Belichick’s dogs, but I don’t see him coaching the Broncos. What you say? I’m making this case based on essentially a half of football. That’s right. That’s all I need to see. Next.