I'm stunned that these words are about to appear on my screen, but I'm actually starting to like this guy. I had a lot of hate and very little in the way of expectations for McD at the conclusion of the preseason. Here we are 5 weeks later and boy do I look the fool.
Kyle Orton threw his first interception today, but in the context it really didn't matter because it was a toss-up as time ran out on the first half. Statistically, he has been fantastic so far this season. I thought this guy was supposed to be some kind of schmuck? Score one for the new head coach.
Knowshon Moreno is healthy and you could see glimpses of a future stud in his first career start. Yet, I was so convinced that he wasn't the best running back in the draft and certainly not talented enough to warrant being our top draft choice. Wrong again.
The defense... wow. That's about all I can say. 3rd ranked against the pass, 5th ranked against the run, and top of the pile in points allowed and turnover differential. It's too early to start calling this group the New Orange Crush, but they have been superb nonetheless. For my money, that has been McDaniels biggest coup on the field.
But the biggest surprise, and the thing that I have found the most surprisingly endearing, was the emotion McDaniels showed at the end of the game. When have you ever seen a head coach in the NFL do that? Simple answer, never. Running to the stands where his family is seated, giving the mile high salute, screaming and fist pumping before he jumped into the arms of his player... it gave me goosebumps and it forced me to acknowledge that Josh McDaniels appears to be genuine article. Case and point: Bill Belichick. Not only did the pupil out-coach his mentor, he out-classed him as well. The Patriots coach, in a move of pure arrogance and cowardice, ran off the field and avoided McDaniels after the game. That was pathetic. The coaches always meet at midfield and exchange respect. Thankfully, it didn't appear to take anything off the shine of this win.
I'm sorry I ever doubted the new coach, but I've never been happier about being wrong. Bottom line, it's fun to be a Broncos fan again.