Bron­cos fire McDaniels, Studesville re­places him

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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