- Associated Press - Monday, November 29, 2010

ENGLEWOOD, COLO. (AP) - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen says embattled coach Josh McDaniels‘ job is safe.

Yet, after telling AOL FanHouse that McDaniels would be back in 2011, Bowlen issued a statement that seemed to back off that a bit.

Bowlen’s statement said that while the season has been a trying and disappointing one, “Josh McDaniels is the head coach of the Broncos, and you always strive for stability at that position.”

He added that with five games left, “we will continue to monitor the progress of the team and evaluate what’s in the best interest of this franchise.”

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) _ Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen says embattled coach Josh McDaniels‘ job is safe.

In a rare interview, Bowlen told AOL FanHouse Monday night that he’s not interested in making a coaching change this year or next and was sticking by McDaniels despite the team’s 5-21 slide and the embarrassing videotaping scandal that rocked the franchise this month.

A call to Bowlen’s office after hours wasn’t answered. A team spokesman said McDaniels wasn’t reachable and that chief operating officer Joe Ellis, who has been designated to speak on Bowlen’s behalf, wasn’t available for comment Monday night.

A message left with McDaniels wasn’t immediately returned.

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