Broncos Fire Josh McDaniels

There might be a lot of people talking $&*# about Josh McDaniels after all, but most of it will surround him being the former head coach of the Denver Broncos.  Owner Pat Bowlen made the decision to fire the 34-year-old head coach after the team suffered their 7th loss in 8 games.

When the locker room closed today at 3:50 p.m., McDaniels had not been notified of the decision, team spokesman Patrick Smyth said.  McDaniels was told of the decision at about 4:10 p.m.

The team has named running backs coach Eric Studesville as interim head coach for the remaining four games of the season

McDaniels has made plenty of terrible decisions since taking over for Mike Shanahan, not the least of which was trading away Peyton Hillis (for Brady Quinn!!), Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall while moving up in the draft to take little used Tim Tebow.  And of course there was “Spygate II”.

However, with all that is going on in Denver, I’m surprised that they decided to make the move.  It’s awfully quick to give up on a coach after less than two seasons especially when that guy replaced one of the most successful guys in franchise history.

There is also the financial factor.  Bowlen is still paying a pretty penny to Shanahan and now will be paying McDaniels millions over the next two seasons.  With that kind of money on the hook, it will be interesting to see if Denver decides to open up the checkbook for a “name” coach or goes with another unproven (and cheaper) option.

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