Report: Broncos to approach Elway; McDaniels releases statement

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...

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Eric Studesville named interim head coach

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?

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Josh McDaniels fired as Broncos coach

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.

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Losing season Lard 12-6-10

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...

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Gut Reactions - Week 13, Broncos-Chiefs


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.

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Week 13 Open Thread

Enjoy the games, and Go Broncos - Beat the Chefs!!!!!

The Jesus, The Generator and the Experts - Week 13

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.

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Axe to grind Lard 12-5-10

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. 

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Things Peter King Didn’t Think to Think - Week 12

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:

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Going Deep Lard 12-4-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! All four players who were on the injury report this week are out tomorrow - Brian Dawkins, Darcel McBath, Andre' Goodman and Demaryius Thomas.

To everyone who still thinks winning football games is about running the ball and controlling the clock, Brian Burke has  some more evidence to the contrary. For all those who are still upset about the Broncos' having spent several high picks on their (passing) offense over the past two years, it's a must read...

Teams should invest in draft picks and free-agents who can consistently get large chunks of yards, and invest in the practice time needed to perfect deep routes. And if you already are one of those teams who can throw deep, you should probably do it more often.

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