McDaniels came into Denver with one of the youngest, most promising offenses in the NFL. To be a young head coach with an offensive background in that situation, you would think McDaniels would do everything in his power to keep that offense in tact. Instead, he committed one of the biggest atrocities in NFL coaching history.
Forget about the fact that Cutler has been stubborn. Fact of the matter is, this head coach went into this siutation thinking it's his way or the highway, which is exactly the tone he used both times he spoke with Cutler. All he had to do was stroke Cutler's ego a bit and things would have been fine.
So here we are, another Broncos season without a decent quarterback. With the acquisition of Cutler and upcoming stars in Marshall, Royal, Scheffler, and Clady, Broncos fans had a lot to be excited about. Now we have no quarterback, meaning the weapons we have on offense are useless. Plus, we're in the middle of rebuilding our defense, something that McDaniels doesn't have very good knowledge over (thank god we've got Nolan). So basically, the Broncos are now an 8-8 team going to a 2-14 team.
I blame most of this situation on our beloved owner Pat Bowlen. I always thought Bowlen was a good owner because he stayed out of situations and let the coaches handle it. But he got himself in this situation when he prematurely fired Shanahan. For those of you Shanny-haters, he's the one that built this offense from the ground up. He went out and got Cutler, Marshall, Royal, Clady, Hillis, Young, you name it. Unfortunately his defensive personnel moves were terrible. But that's when you step in and take Shanahan's personnel decisions away from him, give them to a GOOD GM (not Xanders), and we're fine. But instead, we set the offense back AT LEAST another three years.
So congratulations McDaniels, you've just screwed over one of the premiere offenses in the league. Have fun with a long season full of bitter Broncos fans.