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Mort: Broncos could fire McDaniels for cause

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In the first barstools-and-business-suits report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen regarding the termination of Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, Mort made a point that Peter King and a certain Internet hack first articulated after last month’s Bayou Classic on NBC.

With Broncos COO Joe Ellis declaring on the day that Spygate II hit the fan that McDaniels’ failure to sound the alarm regarding an obvious episode of cheating was not an offense for which McDaniels could be fired, the Broncos may have to eat those words if the team decides to fire McDaniels for cause, a device that would cut off the balance of his pay.

Per Mort, the Broncos could indeed fire McDaniels for cause.  And, thus, McDaniels’ grievance would feature prominently and repeatedly the words of Ellis.

In the end, any grievance would be resolved by the league office, a playing field tilted in favor of the 32 franchises who employ the Commissioner and his staff.  As a result, the Broncos will be more likely to distance themselves from Ellis’ comments in that forum than in an ordinary court of law.

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16 Responses to “Mort: Broncos could fire McDaniels for cause”
  1. brasho says: Dec 6, 2010 7:50 PM

    This isn’t news, I said the same thing when it was reported that the Broncos were caught cheating and reported by a member of the Broncos organization. That made it seem to me that the McDaniels at the point would be fired with cause… and the Broncos will likely succeed.

  2. brasho says: Dec 6, 2010 7:50 PM

    This isn’t news, I said the same thing when it was reported that the Broncos were caught cheating and reported by a member of the Broncos organization. That made it seem to me that the McDaniels at the point would be fired with cause… and the Broncos will likely succeed.

  3. knightringonow says: Dec 6, 2010 7:55 PM

    The right hand doesn’t have a clue what the left is doing.

    Whether or not it’s true that Bowlen has cognitive difficulties, this once-proud franchise is a mess. A thorough mess.

    And regardless of what Ellis said, cheating is a fireable offense. Which makes Chapter 1 re: New England taping all the morw curious.

  4. charly0418 says: Dec 6, 2010 7:56 PM

    To all Donkey fans who 2 years ago were enjoying the Raiders meltdown with Lane Kiffin:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  5. waccoforflacco says: Dec 6, 2010 7:57 PM

    McDaniels was in over his head from the beginning. Getting rid of Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, and Peyton Hillis was total stupidity and the final straw was the spygate that McDaniels HAD to have known about.

  6. lucky5927 says: Dec 6, 2010 7:59 PM

    The cause was taking the Bronco’s backwards big time. Sucking as a coach, trading away 3 of your best young offensive weapons, and cheating to win a game against a bad opponent AND still losing. Embarrassing an organization is such a short period of time is pretty hard to do. But hell if he didn’t do it.

  7. joetoronto says: Dec 6, 2010 8:02 PM

    “Broncos could fire McDaniels for cause”

    Hey, who started this whole “for cause” thing anyway?

    Oh ya, that was Al Davis.

    Everyone else can follow now.

  8. radrntn says: Dec 6, 2010 8:05 PM

    why be CAUSE he sucked… I am bummmed I was hoping he would have stayed there another year and traded any good player that is left, and had another crappy draft…..he set their franchise back 2 to three years at the least.

  9. footballgeek11 says: Dec 6, 2010 8:35 PM

    Attn: Mr Bowlen!

    Did you notice that JOE ELLIS may have you on the hook for the remaining balance of Josh’s contract?

    Do you need a reminder who negotiated the deal with Josh? Or recommended that you hire him?

    You have perfect cause to fire Mr. Ellis with this gaffe!

    Finish the job and clean house, please!!

  10. tinopuno says: Dec 6, 2010 8:41 PM

    A message to Broncos’ fans from Kevin Bacon: “Remain calm! All is well”.

    Remember, you still have your 1st round pick. Captain Timmy will make the team and the lives of everyone in the Denver a little better just from basking in the brilliance of his ‘Goodness’.

  11. cmr123 says: Dec 6, 2010 9:48 PM

    Maybe they did film the Chiefs the first time.

  12. pastabelly says: Dec 6, 2010 9:50 PM

    Another guy who made $millions because of Tom Brady. Brady ought to collect commissions on these guys who look like geniuses coaching him or catching his passes. Yeah, that includes you Randy Moss (David Givens, Branch, Weis and that list can be expanded).

  13. mean13 says: Dec 6, 2010 10:24 PM

    Bowlen is as big a liar as the Brokeback Mountain Boys Jerry Jones.

  14. footballgeek11 says: Dec 6, 2010 10:38 PM

    Hey Mort:

    Maybe the “cause” came to fruition very recently, like the former video director came clean about Josh viewing the walk throughover the last few days?

    Raise your hand if you ever believed that Josh did not view the video?

    Raise your hand if you ever believed that his direct boss did not know that he viewed the video?

    I am betting this video mess does not go away soon!

  15. rcali says: Dec 6, 2010 10:51 PM

    Bowlen and Crazy Al Davis will soon be talking.

  16. polegojim says: Dec 7, 2010 12:28 AM

    Good move, Mr. Bowlen accepted my counsel.

    Leave the situation honorably for all, but leave it behind…..far behind.

    Bring on THE CHIN!

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