INDIANAPOLIS — The Broncos' 2009 season ended with head coach Josh McDaniels benching WR Brandon Marshall and TE Tony Scheffler in a sign of his displeasure with both players.
While it appeared that their time with the Broncos would soon come to an end, McDaniels wouldn't rule out both of them being back in Denver next season when asked about their futures Saturday at the Combine.
"They played an important role on our team this year," he said. "I don't see how that has to change. Obviously there are some things that will go into this going forward. There's no question in my mind that it could happen."
Marshall and Scheffler are due to become restricted free agents on March 5.
McDaniels said he had not held discussions with Marshall, who also recently expressed a willingness to return to Denver in 2010, since the season ended, but did say he was open to a conversation with him in the near future.
"I think eventually that's something we will do," he said. "This is a time where players tend to get rest and recuperate from the season. ... In due course, discussions with their agents and then the player certainly can be beneficial. It hasn't taken place yet, but it will sometime here soon."
It was a turbulent first year in Denver for McDaniels. He traded away Jay Cutler in April and the team started the season 6-0 before fading down the stretch and dropping eight of its final 10 games.
"We drank our share of Pepto-Bismol and that kind of stuff," McDaniels said. "It was definitely an interesting year, to say the least. We're very excited about 2010.
"We're looking forward to starting our offseason program in a few weeks. Our coaching staff is really excited about the direction that we're going in and hopefully we can do it with a few less distractions, but that's part of the game. Every team deals with it. We weren't unique. Every city has their share of things that they have to deal with in terms of their football franchises. That's what we had to do last year. We're going to move on and we're excited to do it."
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