There is somewhat of a disparity between fans here and NFL pundits out there. They all say McD is the front runner, and some of them say he deserves it. The consensus (91%) here is that we don't want him. I'm going to try and change your mind on that.
McD was hired by Denver in January of 2009. So the first thing to look at is what did he do for Denver's personnel? First off he got rid of Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, and Peyton Hillis. Were these bad moves? Marshall is good yes, but McDaniels got 2 second round picks for him, and Marshall is a diva, not something we would want in our program. Cutler is now with the bears and I know plenty of Chicago fans who are not happy with him. He is not exactly an elite quarterback. He is good, yes, but I really don't think he is ever going to take his team to the Super Bowl. Hillis had one very good year and that's about it. He hasn't done anything other than in his 2010 campaign. McDaniels also brought in Orton who also looked pretty good for the 2009 season, and Brady Quinn, who is a serviceable backup.
In the '09 draft they picked up Moreno (starter for 2 years), Ayers (still a starter), Alphonso Smith (starting for Detroit, but a good player), and a bunch of players who didn't really pan out. But he only had a few months and that first draft can't really be blamed on him. Anyway, the Broncos still managed to finish 8-8. That isn't too bad for a new HC in a transition year.
Then in 2010 he drafted Thomas (starter), Tebow (starter), Beadles (starter), Walton (starter), and Decker (starter). That's five starters from one draft. He also drafted Parrish Cox next who would probably be starting if it weren't for his off the field troubles. You may question many things, but he knew what he was doing with personnel. He wasn't trying to build a team that was going to be good tomorrow, he was trying to build a team that was going to be great for years to come. Yes, Denver imploded the next year. However, the pieces were put in place then that allowed Denver to be successful now. Pioli and McD know how to build a franchise. They know how to do what Pittsburgh, New York, and New England do year after year.
McDaniels is probably going to be our new head coach. The guy knows football and knows personnel. He had some growing pains in Denver, and I think we all agree no one could coach up those boys in StL (they are just bad). Pioli and him both know football, and how to build a winning program. Just grit your teeth while he makes seemingly stupid moves that somehow pan out for us 2 years down the road when we are winning playoff games.
I am the 9%.