The Broncos announced Monday that owner Pat Bowlen had relieved head coach Josh McDaniels of his head coaching duties.
The Broncos lost to the Chiefs 10-6 on Sunday, falling to 3-9 on the season. The Broncos will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season for the first time since 1976.
McDaniels, who was the Patriots' offensive coordinator before being hired by Denver, was 11-17 during his time in Denver.
Bowlen told AOL Fanhouse last week that McDaniels would be back in 2011. "I am not interested in making a change," he said. When asked if McDaniels would return, Bowlen responded, "Yes he will." However, Bowlen later issued a statement to media outlets noting that the Broncos would "continue to monitor the progress of the team and evaluate what's in the best interest of this franchise."
The Broncos and McDaniels were each fined $50,000 when now-former videographer Steve Scarnecchia taped the 49ers' walk-through before their game in London. McDaniels said he never viewed the tape, but was fined for not reporting it to the league immediately.