Football gambling “fireworks” began immediately after the Broncos collapsed down the stretch last year and missed the NFL betting playoffs. The football gambling world was stunned by the firing of long time head coach Mike Shanahan, who was one of the most respected coaches in all of NFL betting.
While the firing could be justified, it triggered a further chain of events that have Denver looking like real bad news for those in football gambling. Denver’s major football gambling asset last year was its offense, which ranked 2nd overall in total yards.
Quarterback Jay Cutler was the football gambling trigger of the offense as he threw for over 4500 yards and 25 touchdowns. Cutler, however, is now gone! New head coach Josh McDaniels arrived from New England as a wonderkid coach who had served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the New England Patriots.
He immediately got off to a rocky start with Cutler, who quickly demanded a trade out of Denver. He was sent to Chicago in exchange for Kyle Orton, which is a significant football gambling down grade.
Meanwhile the Denver defense, which was a sieve and ranked 29th in all of football gambling, has received no major upgrade in personnel and will likely be just as bad and as much of a problem for 2009. Many believe that McDaniels has come off as arrogant in his short stint as coach of the Broncos.
It would certainly be no surprise as he arrived from one of the most arrogant organizations in football and coached under a true football gambling bore in Patriots task master Bill Belichick.
McDaniels is 32 and has never been a head coach and yet has already alienated players, staff, and reporters in Denver before the first game has been played. With an offense that looks weaker than last year and a horrible defense that has not been improved the Denver Broncos look like a dog stock with little upside for 2009.
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