Josh McDaniels’ tenure with the Raiders is off to such a bad start, they’re already holding players-only meetings. Las Vegas is winless on the season, losing three games by 13 points combined.
This is McDaniels’ first head coaching job since his initial stint with the Broncos, which ended on a disastrous note. McDaniels was canned after he was implicated in his own videotaping scandal — a JV-Spgygate operation, if you will.
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Along the way, McDaniels traded franchise quarterback Jay Cutler and alienated hoards of players with his gruff style. He also drafted Tim Tebow in the first round.
With the Broncos taking on the Raiders this week, one of those alienated players, Tyler Polumbus, posted a Twitter thread detailing some of McDaniels’ worst quotes and most embarrassing moments. To start it off, Polumbus, who played offensive tackle for Denver from 2008-09, relayed a story about how McDaniels basically told the team he was a QB guru following the unpopular Cutler trade.
“After trading away the young nucleus of our offense including Jay Cutler, Josh said to the entire team ‘Fellas don’t worry about the QB situation, I can turn a HS QB into an All Pro,’ said McDaniels, apparently.
One has to wonder if Tom Brady is one of those “high school QBs” to whom McDaniels was referring. Did anybody on the Patriots coaching staff respect the greatest of all-time?
Polumbus shared more stories that illustrate McDaniels’ struggles to connect with his players in Denver. Like other Bill Belichick disciples, McDaniels seemingly carried himself like his austere mentor, without the Super Bowl resume.
Eric Mangini and Matt Patricia were pinged for similar offenses.
Polumbus’ final tweet is his most prescient: “Josh knew the X’s and O’s as well as any coach I’ve been around. You won’t hear any former players saying he doesn’t know football. He just didn’t know how to handle people.”
When McDaniels took the Raiders job, he insisted he’s evolved since his days with the Broncos. But so far, the results don’t show it.
McDaniels is 0-6 as a head coach since the NFL started investigating him for filming walkthroughs, by the way.