4. Changing the blocking schemes.
The trademark of the Broncos over recent decades has been zone blocking, which has helped a slew of backs wearing blue and orange go over the 1,000 yard mark. McDaniels decided to do away with all that. The result? As of earlier this month -- and despite the presence of Ryan Clady, an undeniable stud -- the Broncos' offensive line was ranked the second-worst in the NFL
, behind only the Detroit Lions. Nice!
3. Failing to improve the pass rush.
In his first year as coach, McDaniels didn't put much of a focus on the defensive line, even though the absence of a pass rush had a lot to do with the Broncos' late season swoon, following a pleasantly shocking 6-0 start. In year two, he acquired Jarvis Green, Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams
, declaring that they'd prove to be the solution. Wrong again. Green was released
a couple of months back, making the acquisition worse than useless, and neither Bannan nor Williams have managed to improve the rush, making the likes of Jason Campbell look like future Hall of Famers along the way.