The historic defeat at the hands of the Raiders has left Broncos fans traumatized and pointing fingers. Starting with coach Josh McDaniels.
Reports out of Denver suggest McDaniels has been the focus of all the heat in Denver for the embarrassing loss. Not surprising, given that McDaniels is ultimately at the forefront in the accountability department. Even so, some in the locker room are saying the ire directed at McDaniels is misplaced.
“I’m not sugarcoating this. I’m going to be as honest as can be and tell it to you straight. It’s not Josh,” Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan told The Denver Post. “I’ve never been more prepared as a player from a head coach. And I’ve been through five or six already.
“We knew when the screen play was coming. We just didn’t stop it. We knew when it was run-toss and they were going to try to hit the edge. We just didn’t stop it. It’s not him. People may not understand that, but I’m telling you that’s the way it is.”
The knee-jerk reaction is that the Broncos have quit, and McDaniels has lost his team. Or both. Not so says Justin Bannan.
“That’s ridiculous,” Bannan said. “Josh hasn’t lost this team. Nobody quit. When it’s 21-0 and there’s only five minutes gone on the clock? You’re like, ‘Oh, boy.’ It’s not even an uphill battle at that point. It’s a fight for survival.”
— Frank Tadych