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Broncos: No reason to fire McDaniels

Posted on: November 27, 2010 4:29 pm
Denver will keep coach Josh McDaniels despite the controversy of the team video director illegally taping an opponents' practice.

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With the Broncos admitting today that they had acted illegally by video taping a small portion of a 49ers practice last month, the team ownership has decided the incident was not cause to fire coach Josh McDaniels.

In fact, much more important to McDaniels’ job security is how Denver – tied for last place in the AFC West with a 3-7 record – performs in the final six games of the season and whether the Broncos can shake off a prolonged slump in which they’ve lost 15 of their past 20 games under McDaniel’s leadership.

But for now, even in the face of today’s big controversy, McDaniels has his job.

“We’re disappointed with the season as it’s gone thus far,” said Joe Ellis, the Broncos chief operating office, on a national conference call. “We have six games left to play. This particular incident that one employee took advantage of does not sway (owner Pat) Bowlen’s feelings about Josh one way or the other. He understands Josh has made a mistake. He’s apologized to Mr. Bowlen. We have six games left to play, and we’re hopeful we improve.”

McDaniels, for his part, seemed sincerely sorry at his news conference, apologizing at least twice for the mistake (the mistake not being that former video director Steve Scarnecchia took the video because, by all accounts, he did that without any instruction from the coaching staff, but instead that McDaniels didn’t report the incident as soon as he knew what Scarnecchia had done).

“I made a mistake. I made a mistake and I should have done that right away,” McDaniels said. “We felt we handled it the right way by not doing anything with that, but I did not follow through with it.”

McDaniels may be safe with the Broncos upper management (for now), but what about the fans’ view of him? What about the fans’ trust in McDaniels?

“I would just hope they understand he’s made a mistake and he’s acknowledged that,” Ellis said. “He did an important thing when he chose not to look at that (tape) and made it clear that it’s not how we’re conducting business. We’ll do better on the field, and from there, we’ll begin to earn back their trust.”

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 3:57 am

Broncos: No reason to fire McDaniels

The only reason they don't want to fire the jerk is because they are still paying 3 million to Shanahan...add that on top of paying a new coach plus McMuffin (the way his contract's structure they'd have to keep paying him too) Sounds like someone in Denver needs to learn how to construct a non-keeps-coming-back-to haunt-us-in-ways-we-never-imagined contract. The only problem is you still end up paying in other ways as Denver has with the dumb trades of key players, stupid, costly moves at the draft for a player who they have no clue what to do with, loss of valuable assisitant coaches, integrity and coaching competence issues and by the time the dust clears you lose credability with the fan base and the league as a whole. You had a team that was 2-3 defensive players away from competing, was a solid, respected league member and filled a stadium with no a team that is a non-contender, is now disrepected and laughed at and is losing fan base faster than Paris Hilton loses boyfriends.

Maybe the owner needs to sale some stock or get a 2nd job so he can afford to pay 3 coaches...cause if he keeps McMuffin it's only going to get worse.

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:06 pm

Broncos: No reason to fire McDaniels

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Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:38 am

Broncos: No reason to fire McDaniels

From asking his assistants to tape other teams and then denying watching it, all the way to wearing that stupid sweatshirt like he does, McDaniels is a Belechick poser. He's unoriginal, a weasel, hated by everyone in the NFL, and a horrible talent evaluator. I hope the Broncos NEVER fire him.  

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:39 am

Broncos: No reason to fire McDaniels

What does this really say about the culture in New England?  If it was so automatic for him to take advantage of the situation in Wembly with both teams sharing the same practice field, without any direction from the coaches.  How many other times has "spygate" occured?

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