Broncos fire McDaniels, Studesville replaces him
ENGLEWOOD, COLO: Nine days after having to fire his buddy for videotaping an opponent's practice, Josh McDaniels received his own pink slip.
The Denver Broncos wanted McDaniels to bring the New England Patriots' winning ways with him when they hired Bill Belichick's brash, young disciple 22 months ago. What they got instead was the ash-gray hoodie and their very own videotaping scandal to go with a pile of losses and personnel blunders that tarnished the organization.
McDaniels was summoned to owner Pat Bowlen's office Monday and fired in the midst of the franchise's worst skid in four decades, a slide exacerbated by embarrassing off-the-field troubles.
Running backs coach Eric Studesville will serve as interim coach for the final month. He and chief operating officer Joe Ellis will meet with the media Tuesday.
"I will always be appreciative of his passion, enthusiasm and hard work, and I thank him for his efforts," Bowlen said in a statement after firing McDaniels with two years, four games and more than $7 million left on his contract. "In the end, I was not satisfied with the results and the direction this team was headed."
The rest of his staff, including McDaniels' brother, Ben, who tutors the quarterbacks, will stay on for the final four games. McDaniels raised eyebrows on draft night when he traded several picks to grab Tebow with the 25th pick of the first round. -Afp