After less than two full seasons as the Denver Broncosâ€™ head coach, Josh McDaniels was fired on Monday by team President Pat Bowlen.
Eric Studesville, who is the teamâ€™s running backsâ€™ coach, will serve as interim head coach for the remaining four games of the season.
McDaniels, 34, finished his brief tenure in Denver with a record of 11-17 with only one home victory against opponents from the AFC West.
â€œMy decision to relieve Josh McDaniels as head coach was not taken lightly. I will always be appreciative of his passion, enthusiasm and hard work, and I thank him for his efforts,â€ said Bowlen in an official public statement.
McDaniels started his stint in Denver with controversy, trading quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears for Kyle Orton, but it was quickly forgotten as the Broncos started the 2009 season with a 6-0 record.
However, since the hot start to 2009, Denver has lost 17 of its last 22 games, giving McDaniels the worst winning percentage (.393) of a Broncosâ€™ coach since Lou Saban (.308) from 1967-71.
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