Marty & Elvis: Deja vu in Denver?

By almost anyones account, it has become apparent that Josh McDaniels has undboubtedly tied his coaching future to the success of Tim Tebow by taking him in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.

My analysis of this situation leads me to believe that because of this,  Broncos fans could be in for a very rough and a very frustrating time.


When a coach knows that a Quarterbacks failure will likely spell the end of his job, a funny thing tends to happen.


I believe there is a distinct possibility, that Josh McDaniels when the time is right, will begin sitting superior talent on the bench in favor of the guy he's fallen blindly in love with.

Great for Chiefs fans!   We've been there.

The following is not to say that Marty was a bad coach, because I love Marty Schottenheimer, and is not to say that Elvis Grbac was a bad QB, because he wasn't, although I did not love him.

It is simply meant to support an argument that Bronco fans may be in for a rough time with Tebow and McDaniels.


In 1997 Marty Schottenheimer engineered the signing of Elvis Grbac away from the San Francisco 49'ers, and when Elvis went down with injuries Rich Gannon took the reins of the Chiefs offense and steered the Chiefs to a 13-3 season.

Then... Marty Schottenheimer, in complete denial about who the best QB was, returned Grbac to the starting QB position to start the playoff game against the Bronco's.

At this time in KC, everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, from the smallest red-headed step-child, to the most knowledgeable of fans, knew, and I do mean KNEW, that the best quarterback was sitting on the bench.

This fact is indisputable.

There was only ONE person, in the entire metropolitan area, maybe the entire country, who didn't know that Rich Gannon was a far superior quarterback....Marty Schottenhiemer himself.   Love IS Blind.

The next year, 1998, was a long year for Chiefs fans. After Grbac was injured in week 1, Grbac and Gannon would split snaps, and every time Grbac was favored by Marty over Rich Gannon, fan rage grew.

We later learned, ironically, that prior to the Bronco's playoff game, then coach Mike Shannahan, in the pre-grame meeting in the Bronco's locker room, told his players:

"Whatever you do, don't injure Elvis Grbac".

Unfortunately for us, they listened to Shannahan, and the Chiefs lost 14-10 to a Denver team who absolutely knew they should have lost.

The Gannon vs. Grbac denial by Marty had become epic, to the extent that opposing coaches were giving Elvis Grbac a free ride, lest Gannon come off the bench to defeat them.

Denial IS a bitch.

So here's to a long-deserved payback being potentially around the corner.....and the hope that there will come the day, that Todd Haley can go into the Chiefs locker room, muster the troops, and tell them................."today, we get revenge, a dish best served men....

.........whatever you do, don't injure Tim Tebow."


From Wikipedia: Rich Gannon

In February 1999 he was signed as a free agent by the Oakland Raiders. He excelled in Jon Gruden's West Coast offense and was voted to the Pro Bowl in his first year as a Raider, the first of four straight selections. In 2001 and 2002, he won the Pro Bowl MVP award consecutively, a feat achieved by no other NFL player. Gannon won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award after a record-setting 2002 season, throwing for 4,689 yards and 26 touchdowns, which helped the Raiders advance to Super Bowl XXXVII. He led the league in with 418 completions on 618 attempts.

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