Denver Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels Fired After Discouraging Season

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIDecember 6, 2010

DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown on the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Denver Broncos defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 49-29. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Breaking news broke today regarding Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels' job security.

McDaniels has been fired as the head coach of the Broncos after a relatively discouraging tender and running back coach Eric Studesville will become the interim head coach.

McDaniels tenure was marred by multiple mistakes and infractions including: the "Mini Spygate Scandal," an 11-17 record throughout his stint, as well as trading Peyton Hillis for journeyman quarterback Brady Quinn and draft picks as Hillis is one of the top RB's in the NFL over the past few weeks.

"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. In the end, I was not satisfied with the results and the direction this team was headed," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said.

"The decision to make a change was extremely difficult but one that needed to be made for this organization and our fans. Everyone, myself included, is accountable for our disappointing season and is now responsible for restoring the culture of winning that has been established by this franchise.

Our entire organization is completely focused on returning to the level of prosperity that our fans expect and deserve from the Denver Broncos."

Presumably, the Broncos will begin a search for their next head coach during the offseason.