When somebody writes the book about Mike Shanahan's post-Elway career, it should either be called "How Did We Not Win That Game?" or "Do You Realize We Could Be 10-3 right now?" -Bill Simmons
I think the Broncos need to go with a proven coach. Spagnuolo is a great coordinator, but that doesn't mean he'll be a great head coach. Look at Norv Turner; the man is a great offensive coordinator but a lousy coach. He can thank Marty Schottenheimer for his success in San Diego.I say we need to bring on Marty or maybe even Eric Mangini. I think Mangini got hosed in New York. Did anybody expect the Jets to do well this season? Not really. But they exceeded expectations and went 10-6. The press were all over Jim Zorn for starting 6-2 and finishing 2-6. I know that sucks, but he's a first year coach. Cut the man some slack. The Broncos started 4-1 and then lost 3 straight. How the hell do you lose 31-10 to the Raiders at home?! I had a feeling that Shanahan might get fired after that game. Not necessarily right after that game, but at the end of the season as a result of that failure and numerous others. Denver had no home field advantage this season. I think that probably pissed Pat Bowlen off. Nobody likes to lose at home and it really sucks when your team is usually good at home.Anyhow, I think hiring Spagnuolo would be a big risk. You're expecting a lot out of a man that's never been a head coach in the NFL. I just think you need to bring in an established coach to turn the team around. Any coach will be a breath of fresh air. But let's make it a proven winner. I'm already tired of the talk about Bill Cowher. The man's a great coach and all, but he only won one Super Bowl. I know that's more than most people, but everybody's acting like he's Bill Walsh or something.Alas, the future is bright in Denver. We've finally put the past behind us.
I didn't finish my thought on Zorn. The press were all over him for the lousy finish, but the press never said a foul word about Shanahan in regards to their crap season. I heard some people, Qadry Ismail, saying that Shanahan was "unfirable." Thank God that wasn't true!
Are you kidding me!!!Cutler starting to come inot his own, 9 Rookies starting this year and Shanahan needs to go.....Give me a break Spagnulo!!!Might as well bring in Joe Paterno..
Tom Osborne as GM!!!!Its only an 8 hour drive for him!
I don't think Spagnuolo is the answer. And although I'd put Cowher at the top of the list for potential HC/GM candidates, he's not the only one. I agree with Zach that this job requires an EXPERIENCED head coach. So that adds Schottenheimer to the list...and believe me he'd LOVE to get a parting shot in at the Chargers. If you want to get a guy to just coach and hire someone else as a GM, I think Mangini would be a nice choice (he got screwjobbed with the Jets). Experience we don't need: Wade Phillips or Rod Marinelli.
OMG, you guys are something else. Now that Shanny is gone and if we have a bad season or two with a new coach you will want Pat to give the team away.
According to the football genius that started this page Joe Paterno would prob be a god compared to Shanny. This site is hilarious. I want the Broncos to win a super bowl every year. Unlike some I do realize that it's not going to happen. Lets not forget how good the Colts and Pats have been. I remember that Tony Dungy's Bucs team won a super bowl after he was fired. Look what Tony has done since he left. That would not be enough for some of you.
I think it would be a bad idea to hire a first time head coach. There will be growing pains. Bill Billicheck, Mike Shanahan, Tony Dungy, Jeff Fisher, Mike Holmgren just to name a few in the modern era were not very successful in ther first coaching job. It was their second job where the won a Super Bowl or went to one. We are a class organization. We let the Browns and Lions train people to be a head coach.
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