Broncos Fire Coach Josh McDaniels as Team Limps Towards the Finish at 3-9

The Broncos have decided that the direction they were headed in was not enough for coach Josh McDaniels to stay on as head coach for the rest of the 2010 season. Today, a day after the team lost 10-6 to the Chiefs, the Broncos canned the coach who at one point was considered one of the hottest young coaches in the league.

The incidents of the past few months made it near impossible for McDaniels to keep his job. Forget the fact the team is 3-9, have lost 3 in a row and are 1-5 on the road. You add in the Spygate II videotape scandal, a series of personnel blunders and the franchise’s worst skid in four decades, and it all added up for the team to say so long to McDaniels before the season ended.

Running backs coach Eric Studesville will serve as interim coach for the final month, succeeding McDaniels, 34, whose hiring by team owner Pat Bowlen in January 2009 is now viewed as a monumental mistake.

In a statement, Bowlen said: “My decision to relieve Josh McDaniels as head coach was not taken lightly,” 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.”

Studesville and chief operating officer Joe Ellis will meet with the media Tuesday. There was no word on whether McDaniels would hold a farewell news conference.

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