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Broncos indicate next coach won’t have as much authority as McDaniels

Eric Studesville

Broncos fans got their wish: Josh McDaniels is gone.  Now comes the hard part.

The Broncos are facing understandable heat about the effectiveness of their owner and the attractiveness of the Broncos job.  On Tuesday, COO Joe Ellis and interim head coach Eric Studesville answered  pressing questions in the wake of McDaniels’ firing.  It was telling owner that Pat Bowlen was not present.  Some highlights from the session

1. Ellis indicated the next Broncos head coach would not have the same authority as McDaniels.  “We probably burdened Josh with too much responsibility,” Ellis said.   He indicated it was  “very likely” the team won’t empower the next head coach to have as much responsibility as McDaniels was “burdened” with.  That could eliminate already unlikely names such as Bill Cowher.

2. The recent videotaping scandal was “one of many factors” in McDaniels’ dismissal.

3. Ellis wanted to keep any severance package with McDaniels private.  He slightly backed off from his statement that the videotaping scandal wasn’t a fireable offense.   He didn’t outright dismiss the possibility McDaniels could be fired for cause.

“What I said at the time, where we were on that Saturday — it wasn’t a fireable offense.   There were a bunch of factors in the decision . . . it became too overwhelming.  I’m not going to single one thing out.”

Still, Ellis kept saying you may hear things from “outside the organization” on McDaniels’ severance package  which indicates that story may have legs.

4. Ellis confirmed John Elway is a business consultant with the team and has expressed interest in a growing role on the football side.

5.  You could see why Studesville was chosen.  He had a lot of energy and a direct manner. He said there is there is “no place I’d rather be than right here, right now.”

6. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will call the offense.  Every other coach will remain in the same role.

7.  Ellis said the organization hasn’t even discussed possible coaching candidates, much less sent out feelers.  He also confirmed he essentially runs all day-to-day decisions.  He also said their search wouldn’t be affected by how much they are paying McDaniels and Mike Shanahan.

8. Studesville made no promises about using Tim Tebow, just saying the team will try to win.  Kyle Orton is the starting quarterback this week.

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11 Responses to “Broncos indicate next coach won’t have as much authority as McDaniels”
  1. trollaikman8 says: Dec 7, 2010 2:22 PM

    Tebow: I only answer to the one great authority!!1!

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 7, 2010 2:22 PM

    OF course he will not have the same authority. That means they’d have to pay big bucks, and since they are already paying two guys almost $7M, BUT the real question is are the Broncos the new ‘Skins? And as a ‘Skins fan I don’t mean that in a good way.

  3. barneyrumble says: Dec 7, 2010 2:51 PM

    The Josh McDaniels era ends in a whimper.

    Maybe the Jets need more ‘stadium hosts’ since Jenn is gone and all.

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Dec 7, 2010 3:00 PM

    In related news, this observers believes that Tim Tebow will be traded for a 2 and 5th round pick for next years draft. Whenever that actually comes.

  5. hobartbaker says: Dec 7, 2010 3:08 PM

    “Seniors & Handicapped” Bowlen, and his pet gofer “Joe Boy” Ellis brought this on by throwing Josh under the bus for trying to protect his friend. They took the side of THE RAT who was gnawing on Josh’s back while he tried to do his job.

    Consensus seems to be that THE RAT was one of the assistant coachs who got chewed out by Josh for ineptitude. That would turn the flashlight towards ERIC STUDESVILLE position coach of the WORST RUNNING ATTACK in the league, or WINK MARTINDALE postion coach of the WORST DEFENSE in the league as the MOST LIKELY RODENTS.

    Pick your poison, or possibly it was both in concert.

  6. mvp43 says: Dec 7, 2010 3:13 PM

    Basically, they won’t give another young coach all the power. Should Bill Cowher, Bill Parcells or say Jeff Fisher become available….that mindset will change.

  7. ontboltfan says: Dec 7, 2010 3:19 PM

    You can’t really criticize McDaniels for all of his moves. Getting rid of Cutler who is a pompous ass and a turnover machine was a good move, getting an extra #1 pick and Kyle Orton who outplayed Cutler last year. He made some decent moves in FA to get Goodman, Dawkins, Williams, Bannan, Lloyd, Graham, Gaffney etc.

    McD had some bad luck with injuries to the most critical areas, the lines. They were wout RT Harris most of this season and LT Clady for much of last season. The former was part of their being one of the bottom rushing teams.

    The biggest loss was DE Dumervil ,who led the league in sacks last yr, in training camp untimely after the draft and most of the talent in FA is long gone. No pass rush is basically the death knell of any D.

    Maybe in hindsight they should have kept Marshall and drafted more D instead of burning picks on a WR and QB at 1,2.

  8. phamt02 says: Dec 7, 2010 3:27 PM

    Maybe they just realized that they let McDaniels talk them into trading Cutler and Brandon Marshall away…..That should be enough reason to fire this guy…..

  9. bedmanokc says: Dec 7, 2010 3:32 PM

    We all know Gruden is the one. 100% Chance.

    Chiefs beat the Donkeys and we will tear down San Digayo next week.

  10. cthunder67 says: Dec 7, 2010 4:45 PM

    You can’t really criticize McDaniels for all of his moves. Getting rid of Cutler who is a pompous ass and a turnover machine was a good move, getting an extra #1 pick and Kyle Orton who outplayed Cutler last year. He made some decent moves in FA to get Goodman, Dawkins, Williams, Bannan, Lloyd, Graham, Gaffney etc.
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    Really? Getting rid of Cutler was a good move? So tell me what have the Broncos gained from getting rid of Cutler – that extra #1 pick went to Seattle. And while Orton outplayed Cutler last year, Cutler was on a pretty bad team. I don’t care who the QB was he would have struggled there. Just look at P. Manning this year.

    Sorry McD has been a bust from the beginning. He has made more questionable moves/trades than he has positive moves. I would say Lloyd and Dawkins were his only decent moves. He over paid for Williams and Bannan, both who aren’t doing anything. Only thing McD has done is set team back a few years with questionable drafts and trades.

  11. footballgeek11 says: Dec 8, 2010 12:57 AM

    Okay, I know most Denver people agree, Joe Ellis and his front office phonies have to go, they are kiling our team.

    Please Pat finish the remodel!

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