Josh McDaniels Fired By Denver Broncos After 3-9 Start; Eric Studesville Named Interim Coach

Josh McDaniels, fired today, went 11-17 as Denver Broncos head coach, losing 13 of his last 16 games. He was also recently involved in a mini-Spygate scandal.

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Getting To Know Denver Interim Coach Eric Studesville

The Denver Broncos have a new head man now that Josh McDaniels has been fired. So who is Eric Studesville, other than a guy with a really cool last name?

Mile High Report has the background on the running backs coach turned head man.

Studesville’s NFL coaching career began in 1997 with Chicago following six years working at the collegiate level.

During his nine seasons as an NFL running backs coach, Studesville has guided four individuals to a total of seven 1,000-yard rushing seasons with Tiki Barber (2), Marshawn Lynch (2), Willis McGahee (2) and Fred Jackson (1) reaching the mark. His running backs have registered 32 individual 100-yard rushing efforts, a total that includes 14 by McGahee and 12 by Barber.

With the Bills, Studesville instructed a 1,000-yard rusher in five of his six seasons, including one during each of the last three years, and coached Lynch to a Pro Bowl selection in 2008. Both McGahee (2004-05) and Lynch (2007-08) cleared the 1,000-yard mark in each of their first two seasons with McGahee’s 2,375 yards representing a team record for a player’s first two years and ranking 16th in league annals for that category.

Mile High Report also ponders whether or not the first order of business for the new man is to name Tim Tebow the starting quarterback. What do they have to lose, anyway?

The time to start Tim Tebow has come. The Broncos were officially eliminated from playoff contention yesterday. At 3-9, the team is headed for a high draft pick. Who knows how things bounce the rest of the season – it could be Top-5 or Top-3. That puts them at least in the conversation for a QB in the Draft, especially with Stanford QB Andrew Luck sitting there. The Broncos have had some luck with quarterbacks from Stanford in the past.

That means they need to know NOW what Tim Tebow is and what he might be. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t about wins and losses. This isn’t about a shot in the arm for the team. This is purely about giving Tim Tebow the treatment that every starting QB gets. All the reps in practice. All the film study. Have him start a game. See how he does. See how he adjusts. Then, after the game, see how he learns from his mistakes. Go through the entire process against.

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Josh McDaniels Fired: Eric Studesville Named Interim Coach By Denver Broncos

Adam Schefter reports the Denver Broncos have named running backs coach Eric Studesville their interim head coach after firing Josh McDaniels. Studesville takes over a 3-9 team with four games left.

This is Studesville’s first year with the Broncos after spending 2009 as the Buffalo Bills running game coordinator. He served as the Bills running backs coach from 2004 to 2008 and in the same capacity with the New York Giants from 2001 to 2003. Before that he worked as a quality control assistant for the Chicago Bears, a secondary coach at Kent State, and a video assistant at North Carolina, among other jobs.

He has never held a head coaching or offensive coordinator position.

In 2010, the Broncos are 25th in the NFL in yards per rush and 29th in rushing yardage, though the team has a very pass-heavy offense. The Bills finished 16th, 14th, 15th, 27th, 20th, and 13th in rushing yards during Studesville’s tenure. He’s directly coached NFL running backs like Knowshon Moreno, Marshawn Lynch, and Tiki Barber.

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