Posted Tue Nov 30th by Monty
There won’t be a coaching change for the Denver Broncos before the 2010 season concludes, and it’s possible Josh McDaniels will remain in command through next year, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen told reporters Monday.
“I am not interested in making a change,” Bowlen told Thomas George of AOL FanHouse in a shocking statement Monday night.
“I’m very happy with Josh. Josh is doing a good job. I wish he had a few more wins, but we’ve got five games to go. I’ve got 27 years in this business. The ball bounces funny and it doesn’t always bounce your way. We’ve had bad breaks, injuries. I’ve been around football long enough to know this happens and it’s a part of the game. We’ve still got a chance to make the playoffs. People have been in a position like ours and it’s been done before.”
Later on Monday, likely influenced by the fan uproar (“very happy”?! Really?), Bowlen made another statement to the Denver Post.
“This has been a very trying and disappointing season for all of us,” Bowlen said. “We haven’t had the success we had hoped to achieve. Josh McDaniels is the head coach of the Broncos, and you always strive for stability at that position. However, with five games left in the 2010 season, we will continue to monitor the progress of the team and evaluate what’s in the best interest of this franchise.”
Bowlen’s statement to FanHouse was surprising; McDaniels hasn’t produced the results to keep his job, and in the wake of his Spygate II controversy, his clout in the Broncos organization is at an all-time low. But Bowlen is right in that the Broncos aren’t completely out of it. They still have three division games left to play, and — let’s face it — any one of these AFC West teams, even San Diego, can slump at any time.
Our take? Bowlen needs McDaniels to finish 3-2 to keep his job.
Would that be a good enough finish for you to give McDaniels another chance?
Josh McDaniels Will Return in 2011, Broncos Owner Says [AOL FanHouse]
Broncos owner Bowlen to wait before determining McDaniels’ fate [Denver Post]