In a phone interview with AOL Fanhouse's Thomas George, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen assured Josh McDaniels as the team's head coach for the rest of 2010 and is intent on keeping the second-year head coach in 2011:
OK, what about the 2011 season? Will McDaniels be back for it?
"Yes he will," Bowlen said. "I am not interested in making a coaching change."
But time always has that nasty habit of changing one's mind. I believe Bowlen is sincere about wanting to keep McDaniels around, and the ever-increasing fan backlash toward doesn't seem to affect Bowlen (or McDaniels, for that matter). Still, there are so many unknowns between now and any point in 2011 that we can't write everything in stone.
Bowlen goes on to mention that McDaniels' assistants are far from guaranteed a return in 2011 and that he, as the owner, could make a change if he felt it was necessary. However, he'd rather leave that up to McDaniels.
Josh McDaniels took over the Denver Broncos in 2009 after Mike Shanahan's tenure with the team ended after 14 years at the helm. Even before coaching an NFL game, McDaniels upset Broncos fans when he traded quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears. He then started his career with a 6-0 record, but then went 2-8 over the rest of the 2009 season.
Things haven't gone any better season with the team last in the AFC West with a 3-8 record. And just over the weekend, McDaniels was fined for improperly reporting an incident involving Steve Scarnecchia taping the practice of the San Francisco 49ers.