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Fan reaction: Why the Denver Broncos should hire Mike Leach
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are the only team in the history of college football to play three consecutive weeks on the ABC Primetime game of the week. Who the hell is that and how the hell did they do this when there are teams like Texas, USC, and Ohio State playing every week? Texas Tech did this because they had a coach that changed the way the sport of football is now played.
In the year 1999 when Mike Leach(notes) took over as the Head Coach of the Red Raiders the game of football was all about the run. If you wanted to win a National Title or Super Bowl you had to run the ball, period. On January 31,1999 the Denver Broncos won their second straight Super Bowl. They had John Elway, but that team was built for the run. Earlier that same month the Tennessee Volunteers won the National Title running the ball (the year after Peyton Manning(notes) left). As this was all going on the Mike Leach was down in Lubbock thinking of better ways to throw the ball, he didn't care if running was the traditional way to win in football, he was going to pass it and nobody was going to be able to stop it.
As the years went on Texas Tech started to gain national attention because there offense was continually putting up video game like numbers. Running teams were still winning all the titles, but like anything in life if somebody is doing something that is working other people are going to try copying it. So that's what happened, after people began to see how Mike Leach and his Red Raiders could continually have the best offense in college football with far less talent on their team than the majority of college football teams, offensive coordinators decided they might should try out this passing thing a little more.
Fast forward to 2010, ten years after Mike Leach began his "air raid" offense down in Lubbock and what would you know, the New Orleans Saints just won the Super Bowl by passing the ball, in fact almost every team that is successful in the NFL is passing the ball at a very high rate. The Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks are about to play for the National Championship, once again two teams that now pass the ball a lot.
Mike Leach was far ahead of the football curve on passing the ball, he had a huge part in changing the game into what it has become today. If the Denver Broncos would have hired him in 1999 they would probably be in a lot better position than they are today, but instead they are debating on who they should hire. I understand that there are a bunch of good "NFL style" coaches available right now, why would anybody want to hire a quirky college coach who has a gimmick pass offense?
Mike Leach would be successful in Denver with an offense that is already set up to be a pass offense, his offense would succeed in the NFL. He is not going to mess with the defense and all, that's what a D coordinator is for. He would be able to bring in a Wes Welker(notes) type player ( o wait didn't the New England Patriots already use Welker the same way Leach did and now he is one of the top WR in the NFL, also see Danny Amendola(notes)).
Also the Broncos could probably save a little $$ by hiring Leach since they are going to be paying three coaches next year. He would be able to work with the talent that they already have, would not need to overhaul the team like the Broncos just did.
Mike Leach in Denver would shake up the NFL coaching tree that everybody is trying to stay in, but sometimes change is a good thing. If the Broncos want to become contenders again they might should think outside of the box for once and go with a man who writes his own gameplan, and doesn't follow his boss's system that is working in New England.
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