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Is Pat Bowlen Backing Off Earlier Comments On Josh McDaniels?

In an interesting late-night twist, it appears as though Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is backing off his earlier support for Josh McDaniels in 2011. According to the Denver Post's Mike Klis, Bowlen released a statement on looking for improvement over the last month of the season:

"This has been a very trying and disappointing season for all of us," Bowlen said in his statement. "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."

That is not the ringing endorsement Bowlen gave in his earlier interview with AOL Fanhouse. But what exactly does Bowlen mean by "progress"? Does that mean the Broncos win two or three games? Do we see the defense make a turn around? Are those costly self-inflicted penalties eliminated?

Even if he has has expressed two somewhat different thoughts in one night, Pat Bowlen will, along with the consultation of Joe Ellis, do what he believes is best for the Denver Broncos.

Either way, the clock is ticking for Josh McDaniels.