Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bloachin' in Denver?

For those who just joined us--which is no one because our only readers have been with us from the start, thanks to a few well placed Susan B. Anthony dollars--this here internet web log was very nearly called the Black Coaches Blog and the focus was very nearly black coaches, i.e. bloaches.

But then the Amyl Nitrate wore off, we came to what passes for our collective senses and made it a general ongoing argument between fans of the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, with special emphasis on The Tradition. Which needs no explanation. Even if it might, since I'm talking to you who supposedly just showed up and haven't a clue what kind of snappy foundations this here House is built on. But hey, too fucking bad, Chachi. You'll just have to scroll back a bit, or click on one of our helpful tags (seen below).

I bring it up because, as you might have heard, Mike Shanahan killed a family of five in Eads with his bare hands and thus lost his job as Head Coach of YOUR Denver Broncos. And news today suggests that this far-flung outpost of liberalism, this verdant urban oasis in a sea of lumpen intolerance and automatic rifle ownership we call Denver, might finally boast a bloach in its midst.

But there's a problem. I think we have already heard this story.

Because the candidate in question is a 32 year-old gentleman named Raheem Morris who found employ with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their coach of Defensive Backs (before being promoted to defensive coordinator following the departure of Monte Kiffin at the end of the season). He's thought to be a natural leader of men, the kind of guy that, as one news story put it, "people just naturally gravitate to." A rising star in NFL coaching circles, to be sure, but one with no experience as a game-day coordinator in the bigs.

Sound familiar

Morris could turn out to be an inspired choice. He's worked with Jeremy Bates in Tampa, so he probably wouldn't mess up that side of the ball too much. He's a Tampa 2 guy, so he has a system that he believes in and will stick to and that the current front office can draft players to fit. All of which would lessen the institutional change the Broncos would endure, which could only be to their, and our, benefit. He worked his way up through the ranks and his unit ended up second in the NFL defending the pass last season.

But the similarity in circumstance is just too much to ignore. I mean, really. It would be like if we went after Dallas' Offensive Coordinator, a guy who'd been with that organization for a long time, had the blessing of ownership and legitimate reasons to think he could run the whole kaboom. This guy--Oh, shit, sorry, this guy.