During the last few weeks there have been plenty of football coaches in the NFL being fired from their jobs, but I don’t think any of them were as surprising as Denver’s decision to dump Mike Shanahan after 14 years. Sure, the Broncos had only had one playoff win in the last ten years, but Shanahan had Bill Cowher status in Denver, and I thought he’d be there until he decided to leave. Now that he’s gone, I can only wonder how he feels knowing that he has been replaced by a guy who was only 18 years old when he first took the Broncos job.
Yes, that’s right, the Broncos have found Shanahan’s replacement, and it’s none other than New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
From the DENVER POST:
Bowlen, 64, has chosen Josh McDaniels, a 32-year-old understudy of New England’s Bill Belichick, to become the Broncos’ new head coach.
Broncos chief operating officer Joe Ellis confirmed Sunday night the team had reached an agreement with McDaniels.
The Broncos are expected to hold a news conference today or Tuesday to announce the hiring of McDaniels, who was the coordinator of the prolific New England Patriots offense the past three years.
McDaniels is only 32 years old, which means there are players on the Broncos roster that are older than he is. This isn’t the first time that’s happened in the NFL, though, so it’s not that crazy. Still, I’ll bet this is the first time an NFL head coach is now in charge of one of his former high school teammates.
Broncos tight end Kenny Peterson was a freshman tight end at McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, when McDaniels was in his senior season as starting quarterback.
Of course, more shocking than any of that is another football team hiring a Patriots coordinator thinking they can capture some of that Bill Belichick magic. Have none of them noticed how Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis have done after they left New England?