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By PFW staff

Updated Dec. 7, 2010 @ 12:45 a.m. ET

The Broncos have named RB coach Eric Studesville interim head coach following the firing of Josh McDaniels on Monday night.

Studesville is in his 10th season coaching running backs in the NFL and his 14th overall in the league. The Broncos hired him on Jan. 23, 2010, after he had spent the last six seasons in Buffalo following three seasons with the Giants.

Owner Pat Bowlen relieved McDaniels of his duties after the Broncos lost to the Chiefs 10-6 on Sunday to fall to 3-9 on the season. They will miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season for the first time since 1976. McDaniels was 11-17 in Denver.

"My decision to relieve Josh McDaniels as head coach was not taken lightly," said Bowlen in a statement. "I will always be appreciative of his passion, enthusiasm and hard work, and I thank him for his efforts. In the end, I was not satisfied with the results and the direction this team was headed. The decision to make a change was extremely difficult but one that needed to be made for this organization and our fans.

"Everyone, myself included, is accountable for our disappointing season and is now responsible for restoring the culture of winning that has been established by this franchise. Our entire organization is completely focused on returning to the level of prosperity that our fans expect and deserve from the Denver Broncos."

The Broncos and McDaniels were both 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 he was fined for not reporting it to the league immediately.

Studesville becomes the fourth interim head coach in Broncos history.

"I am very appreciative of the trust that Mr. Bowlen and the entire Denver Broncos organization have shown in me," Studesville said in a statement. "Although the circumstances that this opportunity resulted from are unfortunate, I am excited to lead this football team."

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