Don’t blame Bowlen for stupid moves

Brandon Marshall is still under contract to the Broncos, so I have to temper my disdain for the complete dismantling of an NFL franchise. A lot of people place the blame on the owner of the Denver Broncos, Pat Bowlen, and the reality is that the ire is misguided. Bowlen is a businessman who did not become a billionaire because he knew some unique secret that revolutionized the NFL.

Bowlen made a legitimate decision to replace Mike Shanahan, and while I don’t agree with the firing, I agree with the stated reason. According to Shanahan, Bowlen lives by a business axiom that sometimes change is good. The Broncos were at a point of diminishing returns, in Bowlen’s mind, and so he made the move.

Enter Josh McDaniels. McDaniels convinced Bowlen that he could move faster by bringing in Matt Cassel. In my mind, McDaniels’ theory was flawed, but I’m sure it sounded good to the billionaire businessman who just handed the reins to the boy genius. From the football intellectual perspective, there is really no argument Bowlen could have offered, especially given the fact that McDaniels sold himself to Bowlen.

Because of the exploits of Jerry Jones, there is a perception that every owner has the same insights. That is a flawed assumption. Most NFL owners are businessmen. At the end of the day, they are making gut decisions on the guys that they hire as coaches. That is a far cry from having some kind of football genius.

Now Marshall is on his way out of town. According to reports, Marshall met with Bowlen and the team is reportedly entertaining the idea of trading the Pro Bowl wideout. “The Boy Genius” has obviously let his ego get in the way. This will potentially be the second Pro Bowl player to leave the NFL’s No. 2-ranked offense.

Pat, it’s not your fault, but it’s obvious you’ve hired a boy with a boy’s temperament to do a man’s job.

What say you?

Jamie Dukes

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