Broncos owner Pat Bowlen declined to offer a vote of confidence to head coach Josh McDaniels after the Broncos’ 59-14 debacle against the Raiders. But that doesn’t mean McDaniels’ job is on the line.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that McDaniels is safe not just for the rest of this season, but for 2011 as well.
McDaniels is owed about $3 million a year for two more years after this season, and Schefter reports that Bowlen doesn’t want to have to keep paying another coach after he’s been fired, especially since Bowlen is still paying Mike Shanahan. (It’s worth noting, however, that Shanahan’s buyout is partially reduced now that he’s getting a paycheck from the Redskins.)
So no matter how furious the fans in Denver are about the state of their 2-5 team, those fans are stuck with McDaniels for at least another year.