Monday, December 6, 2010
Rocky Mountain low
Josh McDaniels had one of the most promising starts to an NFL head-coaching career, as he led Denver to a 6-0 start in 2009. While that was only one season ago, it is now a distant memory for Denver Broncos fans. Let's revisit some of the statistical highs and lows from McDaniels' tenure in Denver:
• We mentioned that McDaniels won the first six games of his NFL head coaching career. He and Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell became the fourth and fifth NFL head coaches since the 1970 merger to begin their careers with six straight wins. Caldwell, in fact, started 14-0. Meanwhile, McDaniels' Broncos finished 8-8, losing eight of their final 10 games.
• In starting 2009 a perfect 6-0, the Broncos surrendered an NFL-best 11.0 points per game. Since that time, the Broncos have allowed 26.9 points per game. That ranks second-worst in the NFL. The only team allowing more points per game since then is the Detroit Lions (27.8 PPG).
• That porous defense made winning games difficult. In the 22 games McDaniels coached after his 6-0 start, he managed just five more wins. Again, the only team with fewer wins over this span was the Detroit Lions (three).
• McDaniels finished his tenure with the Broncos sporting an 11-17 record. That is the worst record by a Broncos head coach since Lou Saban led the team to a 7-14-2 record in 1970 and 1971 (the franchise's first two NFL seasons).