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March 25, 2008 6:30 PM

Drew Litton: On the Bandwagon early

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Lately, there has been a lot of talk about change. The country needs fresh ideas and a new direction. And, I would agree with that. So it got me to thinking... Maybe it's time to endorse a new candidate to lead the Broncos into new frontiers. Mike Shanahan's reign at Dove Valley has grown stale and becomes more Reeves-like with each passing day. I know I'm not the first to bring up Bill Cowher's name. But I do think he would give the Broncos a new look, a fresh feel , and perhaps a few more wins in the playoffs. He may not want to build a 31,000 sq ft house but I'll bet he can build a better team. So, today, I choose to endorse my head coaching candidate, Bill Cowher. Can you blame me? I mean, just imagine getting to draw that chin every day.

Drew



Discussion

  • March 25, 2008

    7:36 PM

    Mike D writes:

    You mean the Bill Cowher who from 1998 to 2003 made the playoffs only twice in those 6 seasons?

    The Bill Cowher who fans and columnists in Pittsburgh were calling for to be fired in 2003 after a 6-10 season?

    The Bill Cowher whom in the 8 non-Elway years (since everyone seems to want to discount those years on Shanny's resume) were both Shanny and he were coaching won a whopping TWO more games than Shanny and made the playoffs the same number of years (but admittedly with one Super Bowl, including a victory over DEN in the AFC Champ game).

    Bill Cowher is a terrific coach.

    But so is Mike Shanahan. You'd be replacing him with pretty much a carbon copy. Consistently competitive teams, who are more likely to make the playoffs than they're not.

    And I have little doubt after Cowher's first 6 or 7 win season or first home playoff loss (which Cowher has his share of), Broncos 'fans' would be calling for his head and screaming for the next replacement.


  • March 25, 2008

    11:01 PM

    Tom writes:

    Why would ANYONE.....much less Bill Cowher....want to come and work for this currently pathetic excuse for an NFL franchise?

    Note I said currently.

    I'm not saying the Broncos won't rise from these ashes a handful of years down the road. They probably will. Most franchises, after hitting rock bottom, claw their way out.

    But the Broncos are in total and complete free fall mode.

    Miss the playoffs, fire damn near everyone except those people actually responsible, more-less fire the franchise kicker, and find out your so-called franchise wide receiver almost became the football equivilent of Rick Allen.....

    Great offseason. What's next? Does a sinkhole open up beneath Invesco Field and swallow it whole?

    Locusts, anyone?

    Cheers.

  • March 26, 2008

    7:18 AM

    MrBigShout writes:

    I second the nomination. Cowher has had the time to recharge his batteries and gain a fresh perspective. Jay Cutler can develop under his tutelage rather than try to be the second coming of Elway, which is the role that he faces with Shanahan.

  • March 26, 2008

    5:25 PM

    Bob Geist writes:

    I have preached for years as I moved to Kansas City the difference between Denver fans and Chiefs fans is that Bronco fans are loyal. Maybe I have been away from Denver too long but some of the so called Bronco fans that post the crap I have been reading need to find a new team or just shut up. You are not going to find a better coach than Mike. Don't give me he hasn't won any thing since Elway. Belichick hasn't won anything without Brady. Show true colors or find another team. For that matter some of our columnists could take a hike also.

  • March 26, 2008

    9:13 PM

    Thrawn writes:

    I know most of my fellow Bronco fans do not like pessimism, but I can't think of one good reason for letting Elam go. Giving him guaranteed money is easy. He's a kicker that is not likely to spend time on the injured list... unless someone tries something boneheaded like having him try to run for a touchdown. Oh wait, Shanahan got him injured doing just that. He could have played another 6 to 8 years for the Broncos and would still be a top kicker in this league.

    I just don't get it. Try to downplay the move all you want.

    I hate to say it, but we're in for a long couple or three years. There are just too many big holes in the roster from the lack of a defensive line, a depleted offensive line, to questions with the linebacking, to a bottom feeding special teams ...a special teams unit without Elam scoring points now...

  • March 26, 2008

    9:13 PM

    Thrawn writes:

    I know most of my fellow Bronco fans do not like pessimism, but I can't think of one good reason for letting Elam go. Giving him guaranteed money is easy. He's a kicker that is not likely to spend time on the injured list... unless someone tries something boneheaded like having him try to run for a touchdown. Oh wait, Shanahan got him injured doing just that. He could have played another 6 to 8 years for the Broncos and would still be a top kicker in this league.

    I just don't get it. Try to downplay the move all you want.

    I hate to say it, but we're in for a long couple or three years. There are just too many big holes in the roster from the lack of a defensive line, a depleted offensive line, to questions with the linebacking, to a bottom feeding special teams ...a special teams unit without Elam scoring points now...

  • March 27, 2008

    12:44 AM

    Jackie writes:

    The cartoon did make me chuckle and it does show the state of panic many Broncos fans are in. But it also illustrates the main problem in thinking from most pessimistic Broncos fans. Let me be the one to tell you Cowher is not coming here. He has zero interest in coaching for the Broncos. If he was to coach again he wants an east coast team, preferable one in the south where he can be close to his family. So we need to quit acting like the night in shining armor that is Cowher is going to march in here and save us. We are not going to reincarnate Bill Bellichick either. The criticism on Shanahan is valid but it also begs the question of who REALISTICALLY is out there who can replace him? Until someone has a decent answer to that question, all of this complaining is going nowhere.

    I also think that all this change is making Broncos fans nervous. And I agree, it makes me a little uneasy too. But would it make you feel better if the Broncos did nothing this offseason and kept things the way they were? Maybe all this change will help the team, a fresh start is always a good thing. I know people were expecting big names to come in here, but that was the problem in the past. You can't have it both ways. Everyone wants the Broncos to be smarter and when they act in a less splashy manner then we throw a hissy fit. Just clam down everyone and see what happens. If not then give up your season tickets and I'll get a lower priority number and get your seats next season!

  • March 27, 2008

    4:27 AM

    MrBigShout writes:

    Dear Mr. Geist:
    If loyalty were the issue, Red Miller would still be the coach of the Broncos to your way of thinking. Winning is the issue and the Broncos need new leadership now if they are going to return to the Superbowl anytime soon.

  • March 31, 2008

    9:35 PM

    CABroncoFan writes:

    This is the first time I have weighed in on this, but MrBigShout & Thrawn have some very good points. Have mistakes been made? Yes....hindsight is 20/20. There are always more busts in the draft than stars, otherwise each team would have a completly new roster EVERY year. Remember Bosworth? Leaf? and whoever that giant of an offensive lineman the Packers drafter years ago that bombed...

    Regarding Elam...He is a place kicker!!! Get over it. If we have to rely on field goals this next year, then the silver lining is a higher 1st round pick next year. Karlis could probably come out of retirement and make 70% or more of his tries...and kick off in the snow barefooted.

  • April 21, 2008

    3:27 PM

    Cabotiger writes:

    I would have been more upset about Elam if the guy actually did the entire job of a kicker. We have had some of the workst field position stats in the game for years now and you can't tell me that none of that is because we have to have a dual purpose punter. I will miss him, and I wish he could have finished a Bronco, but when it comes right down to it he's taking up two roster spots and that's unacceptable in todays NFL.

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