I can’t remember the last time a coach was fired in the middle of a season. Mid-season firings are just something that doesn’t happen in the National Football League, until this year that is. Three coaches were given mid-season walking papers this year: Wade Phillips by the Dallas Cowboys, Brad Childress by the Minnesota Vikings, and now Josh McDaniels by the Denver Broncos. Josh McDaniels was fired by Denver owner Pat Bowlen in the wake of McDaniels being disciplined by the NFL over illegally taping the San Francisco 49ers during Denver’s game in London.
For those of you with long memories, you’ll note that this is the second time McDaniels has been involved in a taping scandal. He was a member of the New England Patriots coaching staff during the original Spygate, and now he’s at the epicenter of Spygate 2. That, combined with an abysmal 11-17 record as a head coach (with all 17 losses coming in the Broncos’ last 22 games), lead to the dismissal of the 34-year-old head coach. Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville will be taking over as the interim head coach.
“My decision to relieve Josh McDaniels as head coach was not taken lightly. I will always be appreciative of his passion, enthusiasm and hard work, and I thank him for his efforts,” said Bowlen in a statement. “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.”
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