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Old 04-03-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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McDaniels gave about a 20 minute interview to 104.3 The Fan with Scott Hastings and Alfred Williams. To me, it was McDaniels best interview to date (although he was still clearing his throat often) BY FAR. I'm sure they'll post it soon but here are some of the highlights. They're going to re-air it at 5pm today. Here's a very brief summary that I'm posting from memory, I'll post the complete interview when it goes up. Every Broncos fan should listen to it:

On Jay Cutler - Pretty much the same thing that's been said so far. Wanted him to stay, needed it to be a two-way commitment, thought he would've fit in well, there is no model QB for his system, etc. Nothing really new here so I wouldn't rehash it. He did throw in two things of note, 1) in terms of why they weren't more patient, he said they wanted to be but the owner should always be able to contact a player.

On Matt Cassel - Teams contacted us because we had a good QB and they wanted and saw the link between Cassel and I. Cassel's a good QB, he had a good season last year and will do well in Kansas City. At the time of the discussions, they were busy getting free agent deals done.

On Peyton Hillis - Said he loves Peyton Hillis' skill set and that he learned last year in New England (as did Denver) that four running backs aren't enough. Said you'll see Hillis in singleback sets and they'll be mixing in all of the backs to run, block and catch passes.

On talking Alfred (and fans) off the ledge - Says it's about improving the entire team. Throws about a bunch of examples and stats of areas on offense and special teams that need to be improved. Said the offense was put on a pedestal and that some believe the defense was solely responsible for losing eight games which just isn't true. Loves that fans are passionate and expects criticism. Said in his eight years with the Patriots, they had tons of success and people questioned things. Loves how much people here love the Broncos. Said the key to everything is winning. If we're winning, things will be going well.

On the offseason program - If a player needs to be do something outside of the building, that's fine. But it's great to have the players working together and the guys on the team like being in Denver, like being around the coaches and like being around each other. Said they've been at about 98% attendance so far in the offseason with a few guys missing here and there because of commitments.

On wearing a hoody - He'll mix them in next season. He likes hoodies and the zip-up pull over. Says he'll mix them in with his white hat.

On the structure at Dove Valley - Works closely with Brian Xanders on every decision and their offices are 20 feet next to Pat Bowlen's. Said they may fight and scream over decisions but they'll come to a consensus on every move so that everyone is happy before it happens. Says they all believe in getting tough, smart players who are good people.

Conclusion - He finished up by telling Alfred to get off that ledge and give him a chance.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:44 PM   #2
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Alfred has been fuming on facebook. His status says that cutler is the NFL's kobe bryant, yet he has a link to the "Jay Cutler is a Little b****" group in his status as well. lolz
Sounds like a good interview.
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So looks like the "oh, McDaniels is going to get rid of Hillis and dismantle the whole offense" folks need something else to b**** about.
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The link is up: http://www.fm1043thefan.com/channels...spx?ID=1078931
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Glad they touched on hillis, too.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:50 PM   #6
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Glad they touched on hillis, too.
He was high on Hillis. A good interview all round.
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So looks like the "oh, McDaniels is going to get rid of Hillis and dismantle the whole offense" folks need something else to b**** about.
Dude. Grab a mirror.

I have never seen ANYBODY whine and b**** about those he thinks whine and b**** as much as you.

Are you a chick?
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Scott and Al actually asked really good questions, I was surprised they got the interview and not Clough and that hack Armstrong.
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Dude. Grab a mirror.

I have never seen ANYBODY whine and b**** about those he thinks whine and b**** as much as you.

Are you a chick?
Truth hurts girly.
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He was high on Hillis. A good interview all round.
This seems like a no brainer.

Anybody can see what Hillis brings. If Josh doesn't find a way to incorporate him in the offense from an Xs and Os standpoint...he isn't the coach he is touted to be.

McDaniels wants tough, smart players that are good people....he has one here.
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This seems like a no brainer.

Anybody can see what Hillis brings. If Josh doesn't find a way to incorporate him in the offense from an Xs and Os standpoint...he isn't the coach he is touted to be.

McDaniels wants tough, smart players that are good people....he has one here.
Of course, it took Shanahan how long and injuries to other RB's before he even started using him?
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This seems like a no brainer.

Anybody can see what Hillis brings. If Josh doesn't find a way to incorporate him in the offense from an Xs and Os standpoint...he isn't the coach he is touted to be.

McDaniels wants tough, smart players that are good people....he has one here.
Not to the Drama Queens.
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So looks like the "oh, McDaniels is going to get rid of Hillis and dismantle the whole offense" folks need something else to b**** about.
No....We all no Mcpoopyface is a no good lying sack of sh1t who clears his throat too much and wears hoodies! Hillis is on the block I tell ya!
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One thing I forgot I just caught. He said, he's not sure how someone gets the "franchise" label. McDaniels classifies players by their ability to win big games and Super Bowls.
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McDaniels gave about a 20 minute interview to 104.3 The Fan with Scott Hastings and Alfred Williams. To me, it was McDaniels best interview to date (although he was still clearing his throat often) BY FAR. I'm sure they'll post it soon but here are some of the highlights. They're going to re-air it at 5pm today. Here's a very brief summary that I'm posting from memory, I'll post the complete interview when it goes up. Every Broncos fan should listen to it:

On Jay Cutler - Pretty much the same thing that's been said so far. Wanted him to stay, needed it to be a two-way commitment, thought he would've fit in well, there is no model QB for his system, etc. Nothing really new here so I wouldn't rehash it. He did throw in two things of note, 1) in terms of why they weren't more patient, he said they wanted to be but the owner should always be able to contact a player.

On Matt Cassel - Teams contacted us because we had a good QB and they wanted and saw the link between Cassel and I. Cassel's a good QB, he had a good season last year and will do well in Kansas City. At the time of the discussions, they were busy getting free agent deals done.

On Peyton Hillis - Said he loves Peyton Hillis' skill set and that he learned last year in New England (as did Denver) that four running backs aren't enough. Said you'll see Hillis in singleback sets and they'll be mixing in all of the backs to run, block and catch passes.

On talking Alfred (and fans) off the ledge - Says it's about improving the entire team. Throws about a bunch of examples and stats of areas on offense and special teams that need to be improved. Said the offense was put on a pedestal and that some believe the defense was solely responsible for losing eight games which just isn't true. Loves that fans are passionate and expects criticism. Said in his eight years with the Patriots, they had tons of success and people questioned things. Loves how much people here love the Broncos. Said the key to everything is winning. If we're winning, things will be going well.

On the offseason program - If a player needs to be do something outside of the building, that's fine. But it's great to have the players working together and the guys on the team like being in Denver, like being around the coaches and like being around each other. Said they've been at about 98% attendance so far in the offseason with a few guys missing here and there because of commitments.

On wearing a hoody - He'll mix them in next season. He likes hoodies and the zip-up pull over. Says he'll mix them in with his white hat.

On the structure at Dove Valley - Works closely with Brian Xanders on every decision and their offices are 20 feet next to Pat Bowlen's. Said they may fight and scream over decisions but they'll come to a consensus on every move so that everyone is happy before it happens. Says they all believe in getting tough, smart players who are good people.

Conclusion - He finished up by telling Alfred to get off that ledge and give him a chance.

Hey TJ, yah, go back and look at my posts on Hillis and how he'll fit into this new system, in a single back formation.

Yah, schooled.
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Wow, I've been going back and forth on him, but I just became a full fledged supported when he exposed the so called fantastic offense at the 12:30 mark.

That was great stuff.
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I was surprised that he actually loosened up and showed he had some semblance of a personality. Hopefully, he does that more often because he did have some natural charisma that would be well received by the fans.
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I was surprised that he actually loosened up and showed he had some semblance of a personality. Hopefully, he does that more often because he did have some natural charisma that would be well received by the fans.
I agree. It's not hard to see why he's gotten the team to buy-in.
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Another telling nugget from the interview:

last year:
The Broncos had 17 2 minute drives last year and came away with one field goal.
We were one of the first teams to finish in the top 5 in yardage and not the top half in points scored.
And some horrible stats about special teams: average opponents starting field position

Defense was not the only problem...
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I like his enthusiasm and confidence. Hope there's something to the confidence.

Didn't sound like he's looking as next season as a rebuilding year.
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Maybe it had to do with the 7 RBs needed? Maybe?
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Of course, it took Shanahan how long and injuries to other RB's before he even started using him?
to be fair, hillis was a classic case of "dont know waht he can do til hes on the field"

i dont think he really deserved any time running the ball until he was forced into the role, but when he got that role he was money at it. tom brady etc....
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in terms of why they weren't more patient, he said they wanted to be but the owner should always be able to contact a player.
Ouch.
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On talking Alfred (and fans) off the ledge - Says it's about improving the entire team. Throws about a bunch of examples and stats of areas on offense and special teams that need to be improved. Said the offense was put on a pedestal and that some believe the defense was solely responsible for losing eight games which just isn't true. Loves that fans are passionate and expects criticism. Said in his eight years with the Patriots, they had tons of success and people questioned things. Loves how much people here love the Broncos. Said the key to everything is winning. If we're winning, things will be going well.
This was just an awesome part of the interview. He definitely has a vision. I'm on board.
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Maybe it had to do with the 7 RBs needed? Maybe?
I agree to a degree, but in my opinion (yes, I understand that I have not posted much, yet have been a consistent lurker for the last 5 years) too many people cannot separate themselves from the 'fanboy' oh 'I worship at the feet of Jay Cutler' mentality to honestly say that under all the glitz and glam, he had some serious flaws.

Flaws that could have and can still be worked through, yet at the end out the half or games when you pass and not run, the highly-touted '2nd' ranked offense could only put the team in position to score a feeble FG.

And let it be known, I am a huge Cutler fan yet I am seriously excited about the direction the new regime is heading
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