In sports, everybody is a winner-some people just win better than others. Like Josh McDaniels, who won the weekend by proving that he's not a foolishly incompetent man-child. Yes, the bar was set pretty low.
It wasn't that long ago that people (like me) were questioning this dude's sanity. He orchestrated an offseason that seemed like a training manual on how to meltdown a franchise. (He actually wanted Matt Cassel to be his quarterback!) Since then, all he's done is go out and win his first five games, including a dramatic come-from-behind victory over his old team. Denver fans are in love. Brandon Marshall is happy. Kyle Orton is alive! How did he do it?
It took some luck and a good schedule, but they are making big plays when big plays are needed—kind of like the Patriots always used to do. (So are we all agreed that the Patriots are no longer THE PATRIOTS? People are not afraid of the Belichick/Brady Monster anymore and it's not because of that trick knee.) It's clear that unlike many of Bill Belichick's proteges, Josh was actually paying attention when he worked there.
Denver is undefeated a third of the way through the season and if they beat San Diego next week they can probably start printing playoff tickets. It's looking very possible that this guy knows what he's doing.
With Win Over Patriots, Josh McDaniels No Longer Just Bill Belichick's Understudy [NESN]
‘Boy Wonder' Josh McDaniels savors biggest victory yet [Boston Herald]
Orton emerges as calm, victorious leader [ESPN]
Lack of postgame handshake was planned by Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels [USA Today]
McDaniels' Mile High Moment [BroncoTalk]
Gratuitous fist pumps aside, it's time to trust Josh McDaniels [West Word]
Is Anyone Afraid of the Broncos? [NY Times]
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Here are some other big winners, who did not win quite as big:
The Angels: They figured out how to put away the Red Sox, which is nice and all, but now they've got to figure out how to put away the Yankees. How about a Rally Gorilla?
Miles Austin: 10 catches, 250 yards, and two very big touchdowns late in the game for Dallas. So what if it was against Kansas City? They still used 11 players on defense. (At least I think so. Who knows what's going on down there?) [Star-Telegram]
Tim Tebow: His defense completely won this game, but don't think for a second that this isn't going down as "The Concussion Game" in the Good Book of Tebow Lore. Adversity, overcome!
Cedric Benson & Carson Palmer: I'm not going to say Mike Zimmer won the weekend, since his wife died on Thursday, but he got the game ball after an emotional victory. Benson was the first RB to get 100 on the Ravens in 40 games and Palmer may finally be back to where he was before that knee injury almost destroyed the franchise. Plus, a bonehead penalty by Ray Lewis helped keep the winning drive alive, so that was nice too. [Cincinnati Enquirer]
Alex Rodriguez: .455 AVG, 2 HR, 6 RBI in a rout of the Twins. Still not a true Yankee?