Replacing star players seems to be the theme under 2nd year head coach Josh McDaniels. As we all know by now the Broncos are still trying to find a replacement for former first-round pick and pro-bowl QB Jay Cutler after his now epic feud with McDaniels prior to the 2009 season. So now heading into the 2010 season the Broncos will need to fill yet another huge void with trying to replace pro-bowl receiver Brandon Marshall.
Marshall, drafted in the fourth-round in 2006, has become arguably the best WR in the NFL with 327 receptions for 4,019 yard and 25 TD’s. Along with his superb play on the field, Marshall has had numerous problems off of the gridiron. Numerous domestic violence charges, a DUI arrest leaving from a home game in 2007, named as being one of the factors that led to the tragic murder of CB Darrent Williams on New Year’s Day 2008 all combined with a notoriously bad work ethic eventually led to Marshall’s demise in Denver.
Broncos fans know quite well, especially the ones in Denver, this is not the type of town that will tolerate anything close to a prima donna. Broncos fans, no matter how great their performance on the field might be, will not root nor support a villain. That is just not in Bronco-maniacs DNA. Broncos fans have always preferred to wear the white hats.
Remember Bobby Humphrey? Humphrey was flashy and flamboyant and rushed for over 2,300 yards in his first two seasons in Denver, 89’ & 90’. By far the most productive RB Denver had since Floyd Little and by far the most help to John Elway since his arrival in 83’. Going into his third season Humphrey demanded new contract and held out for 91 days. The next season he was shipped to Miami (yea funny isn’t it?) and two seasons later Humphrey was out of the NFL and in prison for a drug related shooting.
After all of the craziness and criticism that surrounded his arrival in February 2009, the one thing that has endeared Broncos fans to coach McDaniels is his same belief of not supporting villains.
McDaniels has proven two things thus far. He rules with an iron fist and wears a white hat.