Josh McDaniels. The mere mention of his name brings back bitter, embarrassing memories in Denver.
Yet only a year after he was unceremoniously booted out of Broncos headquarters, it might be time to rethink McDaniels' role in turning the Broncos into AFC West contenders. The coach who believed in Tim Tebow also brought in a solid core of players who have been key to the team's five-game winning streak.
The list includes receivers Eric Decker, who leads the team in receiving, and Demaryius Thomas, who caught two touchdown passes in a win over Minnesota last week. Also among the group of so-called McDaniels guys: Starting offensive linemen Zane Beadles and J.D. Walton and free agent defensive backs Brian Dawkins and Andre' Goodman.