NFL  > Denver Broncos  > It is official...the Josh McDaniels watch is underway.
October 26, 2010, 05:39 PM
After the Denver Broncos lost at home to the Oakland Raiders by 45 points, Head Coach Josh McD has officially entered his name into the "Coaches most likely to be fired before December" sweepstakes. In the past year, Josh McD's teams have lost at home to the Chiefs, Chargers (twice) and the Raiders (twice). In Denver there are only two rules a Head Coach must obey; First, thou shalt not lose to the Raiders at home. Second, thou shalt not lose to the Chiefs at home. Surprisingly, Bronco Head Coaches can lose to the Chargers with virtual impunity and suffer nothing but a grimace. Lose to the Raiders or Chiefs in Mile High and you better start packing your bags. The game of McD's HC career is approaching. The Broncos play the Chiefs in Mile High after they return from their bye week. If the Chiefs pummel the Broncos (again) McD will be gone...possibly before the end of the season.
October 26, 2010  05:56 PM ET

Welcome to the possibility of joining the ranks of those of us who are expecting the head coaches to get axed at the seasons end. Commence oh coaching carousel oh festival. Sad news all around for those of us who expected to see better from the teams we root for.

October 26, 2010  06:55 PM ET

We enjoyed beating you guys on Sunday so anything we can do to help expedite this matter we'll certainly put forth the effort. How about a sweep on Dec-19 in Oakland so Josh can be home for Christmas and out of your hair? 8~)

October 26, 2010  07:18 PM ET
QUOTE:

not too many owners are going to ~fire~ their [headcoaches] with 2 or 3 yrs. left on their ''guaranteed'' contract$ ,....esp. in this economy [snyder maybe ?] .

In this case, they might.

He's 10-13 so far with 6 of those coming at the beginning of last year.

He has a tough time beating division opponents.

The owner has to worry about putting people in the seats and if they keep losing, people wont show up. It might be money well spent to pay him his money if you can find a guy that will win for you in the long run.

No need throwing good money after bad, as it were.

October 26, 2010  07:18 PM ET
QUOTE:

FIRE WADE PHILLIPS NOW!!!!Oh...sorry for my outburst. Carry on...

Form of Territs or just pent up frustration?

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October 27, 2010  11:47 AM ET

I don't think I have ever seen the Broncos get beat like that at home. They we completely un prepared for that game. and that is always a coaching issue. Has McDaniels already lost this team?

October 27, 2010  12:19 PM ET

It's going to be curtains for several coaches this season but like a rummage sale, one teams trash will more than likely be another ones treasure.

October 27, 2010  04:38 PM ET

I would love to have Wade Phillips back as a Def Coordinator...his defenses are always super bowl quality...then he gets yet another chance to head coach and ends up being fired after three or four years of declining team effort.

October 27, 2010  04:51 PM ET

Biggest reason to fire McDaniels?

Peyton Hillis traded to the Browns for Brady Quinn.

Broncos have no running game to balance their offense, kill the clock and rest their over matched D

October 27, 2010  04:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#26):

Biggest reason to fire McDaniels? Peyton Hillis traded to the Browns for Brady Quinn.Broncos have no running game to balance their offense, kill the clock and rest their over matched D

Concur

October 28, 2010  12:03 PM ET

Why are all the threads all jumbled up?

October 28, 2010  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE:

tipsy's had a Halloween party!

AAAHHHH...dude wait, what?

October 28, 2010  03:36 PM ET

Wow...everyone's comments are being wiped away.

November 1, 2010  10:21 AM ET

DUH...The allow the 49ers to beat you this season is a sin. To be out coached by Singletary is grounds to be fired. This is just another reason to believe that Josh is in way over his head. I have been supportive of McD, through the whole McJay fiasco and ect. He has lost this team and cant get them motivated to beat a pathtic 49ers sqaud. Bowlen must do what is right for this franchise and find a coach who will lead this team.

November 30, 2010  12:30 PM ET

I think team owner Pat Bowlen coming out and saying to the Denver Post, "This has been a very trying and disappointing season for all of us, We haven't had the success we had hoped to achieve. Josh McDaniels is the head coach of the Broncos, and you always strive for stability at that position. However, with five games left in the 2010 season, we will continue to monitor the progress of the team and evaluate what's in the best interest of this franchise." means that McD is on a five game interview to hold on to his job. Like other writers with the Denver Post have suggested, McD has to win atleast two of the remaining five games, and not have another blow-out loss, to keep his post. I think McD is finished.

December 6, 2010  06:31 PM ET

You were right JD, they fired McDaniels today.

December 6, 2010  07:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#36):

You were right JD, they fired McDaniels today.

But, 6 days into December, not before as JD said. Close enough tho.

December 7, 2010  11:27 AM ET

WOW!! I knew Bowlen was upset with the direction the broncos were headed, but it is unlike him to pull the cord during the season. I expected McD to survive atleast through the season given the close game in KC (I have witnessed many games in KC that were not as close). But ultimately, Bowlen is a proud NFL owner that believes his team is above reproach. They are not the Raiders, they do not cheat. During Shanny's time Bowlen was publicly critical of the chop blocking techs employed by Shanny's run game. When the McJaygate fiasco errupted, he had no experience handling unprofessional professionals (McD and Cutler). Now Bowlen needs to do the right thing and hire a GM that isknown for building teams (someone like Charlie Casserly) and then hire a head coach that will LEAD his team, not get caught up in the childish ego finger pointing crap McD was prone to. Jon Gruden or Troy Calhoun (Air Force Academy) come to mind.

December 7, 2010  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#38):

WOW!! I knew Bowlen was upset with the direction the broncos were headed, but it is unlike him to pull the cord during the season. I expected McD to survive atleast through the season given the close game in KC (I have witnessed many games in KC that were not as close). But ultimately, Bowlen is a proud NFL owner that believes his team is above reproach. They are not the Raiders, they do not cheat. During Shanny's time Bowlen was publicly critical of the chop blocking techs employed by Shanny's run game. When the McJaygate fiasco errupted, he had no experience handling unprofessional professionals (McD and Cutler). Now Bowlen needs to do the right thing and hire a GM that isknown for building teams (someone like Charlie Casserly) and then hire a head coach that will LEAD his team, not get caught up in the childish ego finger pointing crap McD was prone to. Jon Gruden or Troy Calhoun (Air Force Academy) come to mind.

It's possible that he is seeing what Garrett in Dallas and the interim coach (can't think of his name w/o looking it up) in Minnesota is doing and the success they're having right now. He may think it can't hurt to do the same thing. It sure couldn't get any worse, could it? Bowlen did the right thing by running him off in my opinion.

This spygate part 2 also had a lot to do with it too. I hope the Broncos can find what they need. I've always liked that team, unless they play the Cowboys, of course.........:-)

 
December 7, 2010  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#37):

But, 6 days into December, not before as JD said. Close enough tho.

I was going by JD's final statement of "I think McD is finished" at the end of his comment #35.

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