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Maybe Josh McDaniels will turn out to be a great head coach. Maybe he'll go on to win five Super Bowls and make everyone in Denver forget Mike Shanahan.

But it's really, really hard to see that from here.

In his first two months on the job, McDaniels's lone accomplishment as Denver head coach has been to alienate the most important player in the franchise. Forget the issue of who's right and who's wrong, the bottom line is that Jay Cutler, the franchise quarterback, now seems to hate McDaniels and has officially asked to be traded.

That's not good. In fact, it's a giant step backwards. Part of being head coach in the NFL today is soothing bruised egos, and even if Cutler is being a baby (and he absolutely is), he's still the quarterback you have, and you've still got to find a way to make it work. So far, McDaniels has failed colossally.

Costing the company one of its most valuable assets is generally not want you want to do when you start working somewhere. It's like being hired at McDonalds headquarters and immediately injecting salmonella into all the Big Macs. It's like being hired at Sterling Cooper, and on your first day, slapping Don Draper in the face and then sleeping with his wife.

You just wouldn't do that. He's your star. You need him happy. At the very least, you need him to be willing to continue working there.

Eventually, who knows, Josh McDaniels might actually do something positive for the Broncos organization. He hasn't yet, though. All he's done is take the Broncos a huge step closer to reverting to the post-Elway era of shuffling mediocre quarterbacks.

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