Josh McDaniels has become the latest Bill Belichick understudy to fail to get the job done as a head coach in the NFL. In what was kind of a surprising announcement — but I guess not really when you actually think about it — the Denver Broncos announced via their Twitter that they have decided to cut ties with McDaniels before the end of his second season as head coach.
Through his first six games in 2009, McDaniels led the Broncos to a 6-0 record and appeared to be a perfect fit in the Mile High City. He even out-coached his mentor when he led Denver to a 20-17 win over the Patriots in a week five match-up. Things went south from there. The Broncos are 5-17 since the 6-0 start last season, including a 3-9 record in 2010.
As if the lack of success on the field wasn’t enough to warrant running McDaniels out of town, the Broncos also found themselves at the center of a videotaping scandal a little over a week ago. While McDaniels claimed Denver video man Steve Scarnecchia acted independently and was not working under his supervision, the fact that he was a member of the Patriots organization during Spygate certainly raised plenty of eyebrows — most notably Todd Haley’s.
No word yet on who the interim head coach will be.Google+