K.C. Loss Final Straw For McDaniels

Losing to the Chiefs on Sunday, an outcome that guaranteed the Denver Broncos a losing record and eliminated them from the 2010 playoffs was the straw that broke the back of head coach Josh McDaniels.

He was fired on Monday afternoon, after going 11-17 as head coach of the Broncos, including losing 17 of the last 22 games. The last defeat was losing 10-6 to the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

“My decision to relieve Josh McDaniels as head coach was not taken lightly,” Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement. “I will always be appreciative of his passion, enthusiasm and hard work, and I thank him for his efforts. In the end, I was not satisfied with the results and the direction this team was headed. The decision to make a change was extremely difficult but one that needed to be made for this organization and our fans.

“Everyone, myself included, is accountable for our disappointing season and is now responsible for restoring the culture of winning that has been established by this franchise. Our entire organization is completely focused on returning to the level of prosperity that our fans expect and deserve from the Denver Broncos.”

Broncos RB coach Eric Studesville was named interim head coach.

The 43-year old Wisconsin native has been coaching since 1994 and working in the NFL since the 1997 season, starting with the Chicago Bears, then the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Studesville joined the Broncos this year.

The combination of losing and the videotaping scandal that became public last month involving the clandestine taping of a San Francisco 49ers practice while the teams were in London. The Broncos were fined $50,000 by the NFL for breaking integrity rules and McDaniels was flagged for $50,000 for not reporting the illicit taping.

Late Monday night, McDaniels was heard from, issue the following statement: 

“I am very grateful to Pat Bowlen and the Broncos’ organization for giving me the opportunity to be the Head Coach of such a proud franchise. I would like to thank all of the people who helped us over the last two years. I am especially appreciative of the efforts of every player, coach and member of the personnel department who worked so hard every day. I wish Pat Bowlen and the Broncos’ organization nothing but the best in the future.”

8 Responses to “K.C. Loss Final Straw For McDaniels”

  • December 7, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    Wow — that was quick. didn’t Pat Bowlen publicly support McDaniels the week before?

  • December 7, 2010  - Craig says:

    I think he fired Shanahan for missing the playoffs?

  • December 7, 2010  - RW says:

    Too many self inflicted wounds for McDaniels to overcome which could be the understatement of the year.

  • December 7, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    worst thing that could happen to the chiefs! He isn’t HC material, he’ll go be an OC somewhere, which is what he excels at.

  • December 7, 2010  - Chuck says:

    Personally I don’t think the Chiefs victory on sunday had anything to do with his firing. I think Bowlen was just waiting for the “right moment” and it came on that fateful monday. His inability to work with Cutler and Marshall put him on a downward spiral. The thing in London was a disaster. Even getting rid of Peyton Hillis turned out to be yet another “blunder” as he is having a very good year. Too many bad decisions and then on top of it a 3-9 record did him in.

  • December 7, 2010  - el cid says:

    McDaniels seem an example of the Peter Principle. May have been a great coordinator but not ready for HC, yet. It happens everywhere. The only bad part is Denver may get a “good” coach but it will set them back a year or so. They still have a offense in place and last years defense coor. did a lot with their players.

  • December 7, 2010  - jim says:

    What el cid said, right on. If they get Cowher, or some one like him there, and with the talent they have, it cold be tough on the Division in a year or two.

    Haley, unlike McDaniels, has two EXCELLENT coordidnators to bounce things off. Not sure McDaniels had that luxury, but then again, he hired his assistants.

  • December 7, 2010  - Edward says:

    Agreed Chuck. I think McDaniels great X’s & O’s guy but bad Gm. Seem like Bowlin just not learning from past mistakes. He gave Shannahan too much control over personel which started to erode their roster same happen with McDaniels but worst because of his lack of head coaching experience. Trading Marshall, Cutler, Scheffler, and Hillis was dumb. Trading a 1st round pick in 2010 draft to trade up to get Alphonso Smith then eventually trading him to Lions after 1yr is just plain stupid. Along with giving up 3pick for Tebow a guy who you have to teach to be a Quarterback because of his throwing motion and lack of running pro style offense in college. McDaniels just had too much power. If he had a Gm that made all personel decisions while he just focused on coaching he would’ve been ok.

    As for them getting rid of McDaniels for the Chiefs I really don’t care if Broncos get Cowher or whoever. Bring on the competition. You can’t become Super Bowl champs beating up on the weak you have to eventually start beating good teams. So if they’re increase competition in the division I welcome it because I think this organization and team is up for the challenge.

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