Josh McDaniels Is Young
July 27, 2009 at 01:30pm by Scott • 2 Comments »
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels made what at first appears to be a bold statement, then on further review makes him look painfully naive.
“There are things we will do (offensively) that other teams have never done.”
American football was first played in an organized fashion in 1869. The American Professional Football Association (later the National Football League) was formed in 1920. In that time we have seen the likes of Pop Warner, Curly Lambeau, George Halas, Paul Brown, Vince Lomardi, Tom Landry, Don Shula, Don Coryell, Bill Walsh, Buddy Ryan, Bill Parcells, Tony Dungy, Bill Belichick and several others that I’m not including add something substantial to the strategy of the game. And none of those guys have ever conceived of what little 33-year old Josh McDaniel is going to unleash on the league this year? Child, please.
The rules haven’t changed. You can still have a maximum of six eligible receivers, seven men must be on the line, only one man in motion at a time… there are a finite number of permutations that can arise from these rules. And McDaniels knows of some that haven’t been used yet? I’m guessing he also thinks that the Wildcat offense was invented in Miami last year. What an arrogant little fucker this guy is.
The only really weird shit I can think of is to split the offensive line up in some weird way. Gruden did it for one play a couple years ago, but I think a time out was called before the play was run. I don’t remember the exact time, but I remember thinking how screwed up it looked, and then he never took it out again. Turns out that was a formation from the old Emory & Henry playbook of the 1950s. Steve Spurrier dusted it off 40 years later and used it now and again. And the “new” A-11 offense is now claiming it as its own. Just like McDaniels will do something a little unconventional and proclaim that he is reinventing football. It’s hard to blame Jay Cutler for holding his breath until he was traded. He probably saw ahead of time what a douche his new coach was.
I’d also like to congratulate the author of the article, Woody Paige, for shoehorning a Gottfried von Leibniz reference into the piece. I’d also like to congratulate him for being a University of Tennessee alumnus. That is all I will ever congratulate Woody Paige for.