I'm done with Josh McDaniels.
Not because he's failed to draft any defensive linemen with the 19 picks he's had in the last two years; not because his first meaningful move as coach of the Broncos was to cut the long snapper; not because 33-year old guys throwing down f-bombs on national television fail to motivate grown men in their mid-20s and 30s. I'll even leave the record-setting blowouts aside for the moment.
I'm done with him because he apparently hasn't watched any of the Godfather movies.
Had he, he would have realized that in the Cosa Nostra of the old sicilian mafia, or, let's face it, in the coaching tree of Bill Belichick, you don't rat out anyone in the "organization." Even if takes a week or more and pressure from league officials.
The Sicilians have a term for this: Omertá, which means maintaining a code of silence.
To betray Omertá is to invite retribution of all kinds--Peyton Hillis as MVP, Jay Cutler getting into the playoffs, bloody horse heads in the bed, and more.
And you thought the Curse of Brett Kern was bad.
Today Josh McDaniels is getting a lot of credit for turning in Broncos director of video operations Steve Scarnecchia to Broncos officials and to the NFL. As we all know by now, Scarnecchia was found guilty of videotaping a 49ers walkthrough in London. Apparently, you're not supposed to be doing that sort of thing.
Oh, that's right. We all did--your dog, your mother-in-law, and even the original mafia gangsters of the NFL, the Oakland Raiders.
It's likely that Scarnecchia will never see life in the NFL again. But he's probably not crying. Like a good mafia soldier, he's taking one for the team. I think I heard him whisper to McDaniels on the way out of Dove Valley: “If I live, I’ll kill you. If I die, I forgive you.”
We should probably be thanking Scarnecchia. He just saved the Broncos their 1st-round draft pick for 2011.
According to the Broncos, here's what happened:
- Scarnecchia acted alone
- McDaniels never saw (or wanted to see) the tape
- After learning of the tape, McDaniels told Scarnecchia to delete the evidence
- Several days later, McDaniels went to Joe Ellis and Pat Bowlen
We know the rest of the story. The wallets of the Broncos and McDaniels are each $50,000 lighter.
But are you buying it?
I am. If we've learned anything in the last two years, we've learned that Josh McDaniels is a young guy and that he's learning on the job. He's making a ton of mistakes. Thus, I think it's entirely plausible that Scarnecchia acted alone. I think that when McDaniels hired Scarnecchia, he was doing a friend a favor. It's something a lot of people do.
He basically hired someone he trusted. Just like a young cornerback stupidly forgets he's in zone coverage on occasion, Josh McDaniels unnecessarily felt he needed to surround himself with guys like Scarnecchia.
But in doing so, he committed the ultimate sin, and if he had read the book The 48 Laws of Power, like 50 Cent has, he would have known about Law 2:
Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies
Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.
There's a reason 50 Cent is the ultimate badass. He's got bullet holes. McDaniels is just now getting his.
But he's learning.
The other view, if you decide to take it, is that McDaniels knew everything, was directing such actions, and because he's such a control freak, it would have been impossible for him not to have known.
But if that's the case, we would have never heard about this story to begin with. Neither would the league. The Broncos would have just kept on keepin' on. It's not like the 49ers--or anyone else in the league, for that matter--knew what Scarnecchia was doing. Remember, it wasn't the NFL that investigated this from the beginning. The Broncos went to the NFL first. Then, and only then, did the NFL do anything about it.
In other words, either Josh McDaniels is telling the truth, or he's just a terrible sotto capo (underboss).