Josh McDaniels and His Playoffs-or-Bust 2010 NFL Season

jeremy barilCorrespondent IMay 29, 2010

If any coach in the NFL is on the hot seat this year, it has to be Josh McDaniels.

A rookie coach who trades his Pro Bowl QB for an average QB, trades his own 2010 first round draft pick for a 5'9" nickel-back CB in Alphonso Smith, who struggled mightily last year and had the exact same record to show for it, Josh McDaniels also had the audacity to alter the offensive line blocking scheme despite the fact the O-Line the year previously, had one of the best pass blocking O-Lines in the history of the game.

They only gave up one sack every 52 times the offense passed the ball.

That number dropped significantly down to one sack every 16 times the offense dropped back to pass last year with the same O-:ine. 

The offense, which was set across the board and needed a second RB that could pound the ball, didn't need to be tinkered with.

Josh McDaniels had to have his way, and now Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, and Tony Scheffler are out the door with a weakened O-Line, bad QB situation, young wide receivers, and no proven pass-catching tight end. 

The focus should've been the defense.

The drafted should've been dedicated to drafting and loading up on defensive players that would really help Denver become a much better team.

All Denver needed was a RB, a D-Line, and some LBs and they would've been a playoff team.

Now they are rebuilding both the defense and the offense. 

I still fail to comprehend why McDaniels had to have his way immediately upon becoming head coach.

He should've kept Jeremy Bates and Jay Cutler.

He should've implemented changes in the offense and kept everyone involved. 

McDaniels entered the Denver franchise like a bull in a china shop.

In a way he was similar to Eric Mangini's first coaching gig in New York. Instead of coming in and learning what fits best, McDaniels decided to have a "it's my way or the highway," approach to taking over the team like his mentor Bill Belichick.

However, young guys who come from Belichick's coaching tree aren't afforded the respect Belichick gets and they tend to alienate their team with their attempt at being tough and trying to command respect. 

Josh McDaniels is going to have a playoffs or bust type year. Either Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, or Tim Tebow (by the way, I wonder what Tebow thinks of Quinn's photo?) is going to lead the team to the playoffs or Pat Bowlen is going to have to make a decision on firing McDaniels.