The toughest part about giving someone the opportunity to do something for the first time is that you simply don’t know how well that person will do.
In the case of new Broncos’ head coach Josh McDaniels, I’m not overly worried.
The Broncos and the 32-year-old McDaniels made their relationship official on Monday and the new coach spoke with reporters at Dove Valley. He was confident; he was articulate; he was engaging.
Now he is squarely on the proverbial spot, which is just where he wants to be.
“Coach Shanahan is a legend in this game, a Hall of Famer,” McDaniel said. “It’s a privilege to follow his tenure here. I’m very much looking forward to following what he’s done.”
If McDaniels does, the desire many people have to see at least one more Lombardi trophy in the lobby of Dove Valley is just a matter of time.
“There’s a culture here; it’s about winning,” McDaniels added. “That’s been established. It’s all about winning and that’s what we’re going to do on a daily basis.”
That’s what the Broncos are counting on. And it wouldn’t surprise me at all if McDaniels and his new team do just that.
In many ways, I give the Broncos credit. They did exactly what owner Pat Bowlen said they wanted to do: Go in a different direction from the previous 14 years.
So they interviewed seven candidates, none of whom have been an NFL head coach. They bucked the popular opinion that their next head coach needed to be a defensive assistant. They zeroed in on one of the most respected young coaches, some people believe too young, and decided he was ready for the opportunity.
McDaniels addressed the age issue by saying that NFL players will listen to coaches who can help them win. Clearly Patriots’ quarterbacks Tom Brady and Matt Cassel didn’t have any issues with McDaniels’ youth. That alone is good enough for me.
And McDaniels also addressed the thought that he is only an offensive-minded coach. He has been a defensive assistant and he has spent countless hours studying defenses, searching for ways to exploit their weaknesses and break them down.
The Patriots were 42-12 in McDaniels’ three seasons as their offensive coordinator. That, too, is good enough for me.
There is no doubting the element of risk in the Broncos’ hiring Josh McDaniels. It is a risk I am glad they took. And I believe it will prove to be a risk well worth taking.
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