IT’S OFFICIAL BRONCOS COUNTRY – WE HAVE A NEW HEAD COACH! Josh McDaniels has been named the new head coach of the Denver Broncos. McDaniels joins Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini who, prior to becoming a head coach, served under the tutelage of Bill Belichick. Belichick spent his early years learning under the auspices of another brilliant coach, Bill Parcells. I’d say that this is quite an impressive coaching tree to be a part of!
For some, it is still a very surreal feeling calling someone other than Mike Shanahan our head coach. But I think we are all going to proudly call Josh McDaniels our head coach from this point forward. A common concern heard on the news and throughout the community is the need for a strong defensive coach for the coming season. Well, even though McDaniels was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots, he assisted the defensive coaching staff for his first three seasons.
With that type of experience, he is sure to bring in a defensive coordinator with immense skill and talent. And at 32 years old, McDaniels is about to become the youngest head coach in the NFL! When it comes to new happenings like this that create curiosity, uncertainty, excitement, and anticipation, I think the best cure is an installment of Romi Bean’s “Did You Know?!”
So… DID YOU KNOW???
–Josh McDaniels joined the New England Patriots eight years ago on March 1, 2001. He was named offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on January 20, 2006.
–McDaniels led the 2007 Patriots to the highest scoring offense in history. They broke several records in this season including points scored, touchdowns scored, and most players scoring a touchdown. They also led the league in passing yards (4,806) and broke the record for touchdown passes in a season with 50 passes.
–Under McDaniels, Tom Brady set franchise records in nearly every category and wide receiver Wes Welker set the franchise record for receptions in a season (112). New acquisition Randy Moss broke the NFL record for touchdown receptions with 23 and set the Patriots’ franchise record for receiving yards in a season (1,439). The Patriots offense also posted the franchise’s highest average yards per rush in 22 seasons with 4.1 yards per carry and the team’s 17 rushing touchdowns were the second highest total in the last 20 years – If he can make that type of success with those amazing players, just imagine what he can do with a line-up that includes: Jay CUTLER, Brandon MARSHALL, Eddie ROYAL, Brandon STOKLEY, Tony SCHEFFLER, Nate JACKSON, Daniel GRAHAM, and many more!!!!
Being that the news of our new coach has just broken, I’m sure there will be much more to come! Personally, I can’t wait to see interviews with McDaniels, the players, and the sportscasters as well. Let me know your thoughts on our new acquisition!
We’ve got big things happening in Broncos country, but we’re not alone; there is news coming from every nook and cranny of the football world right now. Here’s a quick recap of what’s happening around the league:
The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers are busy at work preparing for the AFC Championship. The game will be held next Sunday, January 18. In the NFC championship, the Philadelphia Eagles will be playing the Arizona Cardinals on January 12. Kickoff is 3:00 eastern time and will be played at University of Pheonix Stadium in Arizona.
Also, Tony Dungy announced he will be retiring after 13 seasons as a head coach. Dungy is an incredible coach and human being whose legacy will be long remembered in the league.Just the other day, I was looking into the teams that have advanced in the playoffs, and I realized some pretty interesting facts that I couldn’t wait to share with you all. And I bet if you rattle them off to your co-workers or friends, they will surely see you as the football connoisseur of the office!
First, the NFC Championship this year will be the first time the Cardinals and Eagles will play each other in over 60 years. These two teams met in consecutive NFL title games in 1947 and 1948. The 1947 game marks the only championship victory in Cardinals history. The Eagles snatched a 7-0 victory in 1948 and followed with a Super Bowl win. So tune in on Sunday to see what happens between these two long-lost friends!
Second, Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh from the Baltimore Ravens became the first rookie quarterback-head coach combo in NFL history to win two playoff games in the same season.
Third, if you’re wondering why the Pittsburgh Steelers won this past weekend, a good explanation could be that the Chargers had possession of the ball for a whopping 17 seconds in the third quarter, compared to 14:43 for the Steelers!
Fourth, Donovan McNabb is now the eighth quarterback since 1970 to lead his team to five conference championship games. The seven other quarterbacks are Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, Jim Kelly, Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Tom Brady and Ken Stabler. Five of those seven players are Hall of Famers!
Fifth, the final score of the Ravens v. Titans game was 13-10, which was the exact same score when they meet in week 5. Now that’s consistency!
Before I close, I wanted to share something that I have been pondering over. After posting my last blog, I thought to myself, “I wonder if everyone who reads this blog is curious why I am SO interested in football. Do they know that the Cheerleaders are actually very knowledgeable about the game?” As Broncos Cheerleaders, we are expected to understand the game, know the rules, and stay up-to-date on all Broncos news.
Personally, I have grown up a Broncos fan and learned the game at a very young age. Just about when I started walking and talking, my football mania began! From day one, I was captivated by every aspect of the sport. And it’s a good thing I liked the game, because growing up with a Dad and four brothers, I didn’t really have a chance to watch anything else!!
Throughout each season, I become more and more engaged, not only in Broncos football, but in the entire NFL. And I never seem to get sick of it! Well I am an extreme case of a “cheerleader football maniac,” but everyone on the squad is aware of current Broncos events, knows the team roster, and understands the game. In fact, at auditions, we get quizzed on our football knowledge! The questions vary in difficulty, some being pretty simple, and others being very difficult. No one knows what question they will be asked so it is imperative that we are knowledgeable in all areas of the game. Including this football test in our auditions not only keeps us on our toes, but more importantly it contributes to making the team well-rounded.
Teresa Shear, our director, has incredibly high standards for her team. Not only does she demand the most talented dancers and performers, but she also places high value on our speaking skills and our character. The way we behave on and off the field reflects upon the entire team, which is why we take our jobs so seriously. Teresa expects the highest level of work ethic, devotion, and moral fiber from every single cheerleader; and we are very lucky to have a director like Teresa who pushes us to reach nothing short of our personal best. I think this is what makes our team so special. Everyone is incredibly talented, driven, and holds steadfast to their values. And we are always learning from each other.
Every woman on the team has so much to offer, and it is absolutely amazing how much I have learned from my teammates over the past four years.
Sorry I got a little sidetracked there! As I was saying earlier, the football quiz is an essential aspect of our audition process, because of the many events we do throughout the community. Fans always want our opinion on the most recent game, trade acquisition, injury, etc. Being able to converse with them about the Broncos affords us the opportunity to connect with our awesome fans. So the next time you see one of us out in the community, make sure to quiz us with some Broncos knowledge to make sure that we are staying sharp!!
Have a wonderful week!!