Good Morning, Broncos fans. Let's hope today will be better than yesterday was in Broncosland, although it should be simply by default. In case you've chosen this to be your first visit after a 14-hour blackout, well thank you very kindly. Unfortunately, we've got some wild news for you - Josh McDaniels has been fired by the Broncos, just 28 games and 23 months into his (unannounced) rebuilding process. There's even some talk that the team could attempt to withhold the balance of McDaniels' contract under the cover of a morals clause following the recent taping incident. RB coach Eric Studesville has been named the interim head coach, while rumors are flying that Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier, Air Force coach (and former Mike Shanahan/Gary Kubiak assistant) Troy Calhoun, and possibly even Kubiak himself, are the leading candidates. Meanwhile, there is plenty of speculation that Pat Bowlen will look to John Elway to fill some sort of front-office role; the two reportedly dined last night at the legendary QB's namesake steakhouse.
Broncos COO Joe Ellis and Studesville will speak to the press today at 1pm ET; the press conference will be streamed live via the team's official website. We'll provide an open thread at that time for your discussion. Frankly, I have a lot of thoughts about what happened yesterday, most of them not good. But it's probably best to reserve judgment until after today's presser and more details emerge. Oh, and it's late. FWIW, I"d love to see Jeff Fisher ride into town...
Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network is reporting that the Broncos will speak with John Elway about a potential position within their front office. According to Lombardi's sources, current Texans coach and former Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak (also Elway's longtime backup QB) would be Pat Bowlen's first choice to replace Josh McDaniels should Kubiak be relieved of his duties in Houston.
McDaniels, who was fired earlier today, released the following statement:
I am very grateful to Pat Bowlen and the Broncos' organization for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of such a proud franchise. I would like to thank all of the people who helped us over the last two years. I am especially appreciative of the efforts of every player, coach and member of the personnel department who worked so hard every day. I wish Pat Bowlen and the Broncos' organization nothing but the best in the future.
UPDATE 12:15AM ET According to Denver's 9NEWS, Bowlen and Elway dined Monday night at the local restaurant bearing the latter's name. No word on what they discussed...
Everyone and their dog is now reporting that running backs coach Eric Studesville has been named interim head coach for the rest of the season.
I'd give a long bio of the guy, but to be honest, the story isn't about a guy who is going to be around for 4 more games.
It's about where the Broncos go next. With all due respect to Studesville, he is simply filling a gap.
Here was some measured perspective (link corrected) from Michael Lombardi on what the Broncos might be thinking.
Let the speculation begin. Gruden? Cowher? Kubiak? Patches O'Houlihan?
Within the last five minutes, 104.3 The Fan is reporting, along with Adam Schefter, that Josh McDaniels has been fired as coach of the Denver Broncos.
Details are sure to emerge soon.
This certainly doesn't come as a surprise to Broncos fans.
While I could certainly cite all of the statistics for why he was let go, perhaps Alfred Williams said it best (I'm paraphrasing):
"Pat Bowlen wasn't going to let this organization continue like this for one more day."
Adam Schefter is reporting that Broncos running backs coach, Eric Studesville, will be interim head coach.
Good Morning, Broncos fans. In case you were still hanging on, there's now nothing left to hope for except for pride and the Broncos' standing in the 2011 Draft. They are now 3-9 on the season and three games deep into last place in the West. Denver lost in Kansas City 10-6 by managing only 13 first downs and 247 yards of offense - 175 of which were provided by
not as tough as Peyton Hills first-round bust emerging star/three-down back Knowshon Moreno. Kyle Orton turned in his worst performance ever of the year, managing an eye-poppingly bad 9-of-28 for 117 yards without a touchdown or interception. He did, however, have a fourth-quarter fumble and took four big sacks for a whopping 31 yards lost (although the last one was questionable). Denver was again atrocious on third downs, going 3 of 12 as they possessed the ball for a measly 22 minutes and 46 seconds. There'd be more irritation and sarcasm here, but fortunately I didn't see the game...
Trapped in Kansas City.
Surrounded by evil.
Low on gas.
On a day in which the Broncos could have used his arm, Kyle Orton had nothing in the tank.
Arrowhead Stadium in December can do that do a guy.
Enjoy the games, and Go Broncos - Beat the Chefs!!!!!
This week, the Naga Viper overtook the Ghost Chili as the world's hottest hot pepper.
The Viper is so hot it can strip paint.
Quick, slip one into Peter King's next meal.
It might strip down his columns to a readable word count.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! I hope you're enjoying your weekend so far. If you are, perhaps you should skip past the DP links today. This is not about positivity versus negativity - all three of TJ, Doc and myself can each make a case that McDaniels should move on. We just don't think those cases are strong enough at this point to warrant his firing. But someone over at the DP most definitely wants Josh McDaniels canned - all you need is to glance at the headlines, quite frankly. So, continue on - at your own peril. If you'd rather not, just skip ahead to Andrew Mason's entry.
Despite the crushing loss to the Rams this week, the Fat Man microphones were there as usual.
Here are a few things we heard.
There's no way that Peter King Thought to Think These Things: