Josh McDaniels timeline: Suck for years, then get your old job back
October 11, 2009: Broncos beat Patriots, McDaniels pumps fist like a Jersey Shore cast member.
This overtime victory over his former employer pushed McDaniels' record to 5-0 and a week later the Broncos would take down the San Diego Chargers. This would be the height of the McDaniels Era.
Stat that makes the above video seem even more ridiculous:
McDaniels went 6-17 as Broncos coach after that victory.
Jamal Charles ran for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
January 3, 2010: Broncos lose 44-24 to Kansas City Chiefs, ending season.
Needing a win to keep their playoff chances alive, the Broncos lost to a Chiefs team that came into the game with a 3-12 record. Orton threw two touchdown passes to Derrick Johnson, who plays for the Chiefs.
Before the game, McDaniels benched wide receiver Brandon Marshall and tight end Tony Scheffler with little explanation. The Broncos became one of only three teams in NFL history to miss the playoffs after starting the season 6-0.
Look! I'm good now.
March 14, 2010: Broncos trade Peyton Hillis to Cleveland.
Hillis was infrequently used in Denver and at the time of the trade, no one was up in arms about shipping him to Cleveland for a total hunk of a backup quarterback (Brady Quinn). Then the 2010 season came, and given a starting position, Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards and eleven touchdowns.
Depressing stat given Hillis' success:
Regular season passes attempted by Brady Quinn: 0.
If you're talented, you're not welcome on the Broncos.
April 14, 2010: Broncos trade Brandon Marshall to Miami.
Unhappy about his contract and feeling the Broncos' medical staff had misdiagnosed a hip injury that required surgery, Marshall was ready to leave Denver. And although Marshall amassed 327 receptions for 4,019 yards and 25 touchdowns in four seasons in Denver, the team was weary of his domestic violence issues and general mental instability.
So the Broncos shipped him to Miami for two second-round picks. If you're keeping score at home, that's three former or future Pro-Bowl players Josh McDaniels traded.
Obligatory depressing stat:
Marshall had 2,228 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in his two years with Miami, both of which are considered off-years for him.