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Bowlen says McDaniels’ job is safe for now
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.”
A message left with McDaniels on Monday night wasn’t immediately returned.
“It’s not, you know, not my decision, not something that’s in my control,” McDaniels said. “I’m just going to worry about what I can focus on and try to control the things that I can control.”
Denver’s second-year coach said his only focus is on trying to salvage a 3-8 season sullied by a videotaping scandal that cost him and the team $50,000 each and resulted in a subordinate’s firing over the weekend.
In his interview with AOL FanHouse, Bowlen insisted McDaniels wasn’t involved with former videographer Steve Scarnecchia’s 6-minute videotape of the San Francisco 49ers’ walkthrough practice in London last month.
“Josh had nothing to do with that. The former employee did it on his own. There was no direction from the head coach. Josh did not order it. We’re absolutely positive this was done by the former employee on his own,” Bowlen said.
He did not address McDaniels‘ failure to immediately notify his superiors or the league of his subordinate’s transgression, which is what cost him and the team a total of $100,000 in fines.
They are four games behind AFC West leader Kansas City with five games to go and could be eliminated this weekend when they visit the Chiefs.
McDaniels has two years and nearly $7 million left on his contract, and Bowlen is still on the hook for millions more he owes Mike Shanahan, whom he fired last year. Were he to fire McDaniels, too, he’d be paying three head coaches next season.
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