Josh McDaniels Firing Is Just the First Step To the Denver Broncos' Recovery

Paxton TaylorContributor IDecember 7, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos runs for a touchdown against the New York Jets at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 17, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Yesterday afternoon, the announcement was made that head coach Josh McDaniels was fired.

I see this as a great leap forward in the future of the Denver Broncos.

I am clueless as to how a head coach such as Mike Shanahan could be let go to put the team under command of some child who doesn't know the first thing about football, patience or people.

McDaniels has made more than enough mistakes in his short term as head coach.

I don't know where to start.

I could mention his first bad move in trading off a young quarterback in Jay Cutler for Kyle Orton, who has been wildly mediocre his entire career; a quarterback who only looks good on paper.

He has an incredible ability to pitch out almost Madden-worthy stats in garbage time of any given football game, but where are the wins? Where are the finishes?

Jay Cutler was a young quarterback who just recently started to show signs of maturity as a player.

In a franchise desperate for even an average running attack, off goes Peyton Hillis to Cleveland. Hillis is now one of the top running backs this season, who has a great set of hands to go along with his power.

McDaniels also made the big push to get Brandon Marshall off the team. Marshall then goes to a team with no quarterbacks even half as good as Orton. The talent Marshall presented would have been great to help out the only other receiver on the team, Brandon Lloyd.

McDaniels did everything he could to get all of the Broncos talent off the team, then he put the icing on the cake with his spygate scandal—an illegal recording of a 49ers practice session to prepare for their game.

When you get caught trying to cheat and only have an 11-17 record to show for yourself, that is quite an embarrassment.

In the midst of all this, McDaniels made one move that deserves my praise—he drafted Tim Tebow.

No one knows what Tebow is capable of at this point.

I do think this would be the appropriate time to make a recommendation to the Broncos—not only for the sake of the team in the terms of wins and losses, but a financial recommendation as well.

You have this college-level superstar quarterback on your team, who is loved by everyone. Starting him could sell more tickets, obtain better sponsorship deals and tune more people in to watch their games on TV.

Tim Tebow is all the rage in the NFL, STILL after spending a whole season on the bench.

To this point, all speculation about Tebow as an NFL quarterback is just that—speculation. But what reason does anyone have to say he doesn't deserve to start?

If the Broncos want a quarterback that looks good on paper, Orton isn't the only option they have. 

Tim Tebow has thrown one pass in the NFL (he completed that pass; it was a touchdown). He has a 100 percent completion percentage, and a 118.8 QB rating—astonishing. To complement those stats, he has three rushing touchdowns on the season.

At this point in the season, the Broncos have nothing to lose. They don't have a permanent head coach to blame anything on, they don't have anything to play for and they have a 3-9 record.

This would be the opportune moment to break Tebow into the NFL.

I'm not saying his start is going to be impressive, but Jay Cutler's start wasn't exactly that flattering, nor was Mark Sanchez's.

Starting Tebow now can't help the team any, but it also can't hurt it. What it CAN do is make people more interested in the team, get more viewers, help revenues and get Tebow ready for next season.

Start Tebow. 'Nuff Salamander.


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