Monday, December 6, 2010
I TOLD YOU IT WOULD HAPPEN PART TWO - JOSH McDANIELS IS FIRED (AND DESERVES IT)
I said when he was hired it was a mistake. I said how he treated Jay Cutler and Peyton Hillis were HUGE errors and showed an insecure, power hungry, young man who was in over his head. Was I right or what? Offense??? Yes maybe he could have handled that. Head coach???? Probably was to soon. Head Coach and real GM???? No way. Time and the Broncos record show it. In this case I really take no pleasure in being right. Broncos and fans deserved better.
Josh McDaniels' tenure as the Denver Broncos' head coach has come to an end less than two seasons after it started.
The team announced Monday that the 34-year-old McDaniels has been "relieved of his head coaching duties."
Josh McDaniels started 6-0 as the Broncos' head coach, but things quickly went south over the next 22 games.
Broncos under Josh McDaniels
1st 6 GAMES
Last 22 GAMES
The team has not announced who will succeed McDaniels but the team is having internal staff meetings and expects to announce an interim head coach tonight, a source with knowledge of situation told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
Several league sources said they believe secondary coach Ed Donatell will be interim coach, according to La Canfora.
unlike many members of the Broncos staff, Donatell has roots in Denver beyond McDaniels' tenure. He is among the most experienced coaches on staff and was a part of their Super Bowl staffs under coach Mike Shanahan.
McDaniels has been under fire of late thanks in part to a 3-9 season made worse by revelations that Steve Scarnecchia, Denver's video operations director under McDaniels, videotaped a San Francisco 49ers walkthrough prior to the teams' Week 8 matchup in London.
The NFL fined the Broncos and coach McDaniels $50,000 each for the violation and Scarnecchia was subsequently fired.
Earlier Monday, McDaniels expressed confidence in his future with the Broncos.
"I'm not worried about that," McDaniels said when asked about potentially losing his job. "I'm going to coach as hard as I can because that is my job. That's somebody else's decision. ... We're all being evaluated with everything we do."
McDaniels' head-coaching career got off to a good start. The Broncos won their first six games last season. But that success would not last, as the team dropped eight of its last 10 games in 2009. With a 3-9 record this season, McDaniels has gone 5-17 following his hot start and finished with an 11-17 record.
The Broncos have lost seven of their last eight games.
The recent videotaping controversy was not the only questionable decision under McDaniels' watch. The coach openly clashed with quarterback Jay Cutler after arriving in Denver, leading the team to trade Cutler to the Chicago Bears for quarterback Kyle Orton.
This offseason, McDaniels traded away Peyton Hillis to the Browns in exchange for backup quarterback Brady Quinn. While Quinn has remained on the team's bench as Orton's backup, Hillis has found success in Cleveland as a power running back under coach Eric Mangini.