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Bowlen: McDaniels will return in 2011

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By PFW staff

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said Monday that head coach Josh McDaniels will be back in 2011.

Bowlen talked to AOL Fanhouse and said McDaniels will not be fired this season. "I am not interested in making a change," said Bowlen. When asked if McDaniels would return in 2011, Bowlen responded, "Yes he will."

The Broncos are 3-8 this season and 5-16 in their last 21 games. Adding insult to injury, the team and McDaniels were fined $50,000 apiece when their now-former videographer Steve Scarnecchia taped the 49ers' walkthrough before their game in London. McDaniels said he never viewed the tape, but was fined for not reporting it to the league immediately.

"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 this former employee on his own," Bowlen said.

"I'm very happy with Josh. Josh is doing a good job. I wish he had a few more wins, but we've got five games to go," he added.

Bowlen did not give the same confidence for the future of McDaniels' assistants. "I am confident if he doesn't have the right people around him, that he should change coaches," Bowlen said.

The way we see it

Bowlen, who has been trying to stay out of the public eye, needed to say something with the Broncos dropping six of their past seven games to go along with the recent video scandal.

What's not in the forefront is the financial side of the decision. If Denver does decide to fire its coach, it would be forced to pay him and the new coach, on top of what the team still owes Mike Shanahan.

The vote of confidence will allow McDaniels to finish the season under his own terms. With one of the NFL's weakest schedules down the stretch, the 34-year-old coach still has a chance to prove that he was a worthy hire.

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