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McDaniels’ decision paying off for Broncos

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post

Back in January, when Josh McDaniels was hired to replace Mike Shanahan as head coach, he took a look at the Broncos roster and the way the team’s defense had played in 2008.

McDaniels knew he wanted his Broncos to play a 3-4 defense, not in a 4-3 scheme like it did under Shanahan, and what McDaniels saw made his decision to switch systems an easy one.

No waiting, he decided. Do it now.

“The 4-3 really wasn’t here. The way they had played, the style and the guys – we just felt like it wasn’t like we had a solid 4-3 defensive scheme,” McDaniels said Monday. “In other words, why take a year and do that when it really wasn’t in place to begin with?”

Those comments from McDaniels are the closest the new coach has come to saying anything disparaging about his predecessor in the more than nine months since taking over as head coach.

McDaniels also called Shanahan’s brief foray into a 3-4 defense last season – which ended after a disastrous 41-7 loss at New England in late October – a “hybrid, gimmicky deal.”

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