Who would have thought that drafting Tim Tebow with your first round draft pick with your job on the line could turn out poorly?
In a brief Twitter announcement, the Denver Broncos let fans know that “Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen has relieved Josh McDaniels of his head coaching duties.”
McDaniels led the Broncos to a 3-9 record this season and was 5-17 since the team’s hot start to the 2009 season. The team's troubles ranged from having an absolutely horrid running attack to pretty much having an awful everything else.
With the dismissal, McDaniels becomes another bust from the Bill Belichick Coaching Factory. He joins other failed Belichick underlings as Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel.
While the timing of this decision by Bowlen is surprising, it appears Denver finally realized that it was time to cut their losses with this regime and start anew.
This move, of course, comes on the heels of the team owner signing off on McDaniels being safe past 2010 only to backtrack on that statement a few hours later. That appeared to be the first real indicator that things would end badly in this short marriage.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “Spygate II” of which McDaniels was eventually exonerated, played some sort of role in this whole thing.
“Pat Bowlen decides to make a decision that really was in the makings ever since the NFL found the Broncos guilty of the videotaping incident,” Schefter said. “This is something that clearly the Broncos were thinking about, it was something they were unhappy about in London.”
Regardless of what happens from here, one thing is clear – the Broncos and their fans are in for a long rebuilding process after this season.