6. Obtaining Brady Quinn.
No denying that Brady Quinn can take a pretty picture
. But the former Notre Dame hurler proved during his years with the Cleveland Browns that he's a much better male model than he is an NFL quarterback -- with one of Quinn's most mediocre performances coming against the Broncos last year
. In short, there was no good reason for McDaniels to trade for this epic flop in the making -- but he did so anyhow.
5. Practically giving away Peyton Hillis.
As part of the deal to obtain Brady Quinn, McDaniels tossed in running back Peyton Hillis
, who he treated like a red-headed stepchild caught having impure relations with the family golden retriever ever since arriving, for reasons that were obvious to no one. Since then, the Broncos' running game has become a complete joke, with injuries to Moreno and others creating even more problems. Hillis, meanwhile, has become the backbone of the Browns' ground attack, helping the Clevelanders claw back to respectability. On a day when the Raiders crushed the Broncos, the Browns beat the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints