Shanahan Not Available for Broncos Head Coach Vacancy

ENGLEWOOD, CO - SEPTEMBER 21: Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniel addresses the media during a press conference to discuss the death of Bronco wide receiver Kenny McKinley at the Denver Broncos Headquarters at Dove Valley on September 21, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado. McKinley, 23, was found dead in his home in an apparent suicide September 20, 2010 in Arapahoe County, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Maybe Sherm Lewis wasn’t available.

The Denver Broncos fired head coach Josh McDaniels today according to stories on ESPN and elsewhere. the loss comes one week after team owner Pat Bowlen gave McDaniels a vote of confidence after the team discovered that a team videographer  secretly tamed a San Francisco 49er practice. The NFL assessed a $50,000 fine on McDaniels for the infraction.

It seems the more serious infraction was is the long-term fade the Broncos are mired in after McDaniels’ fast start to the 2009 season. The Kansas City Chiefs contained Denver’s high flying offense in a 10-6 win over the Broncos.

Bowlen fired long-time coach Mike Shanahan at the end of the 2008 season to make room for McDaniels. ESPN’s Adam Schefter points out that the Broncos will have three head coaches on the payroll next season: Shanahan, McDaniels and McDaniels’ replacement.  

Oh yeah, I only assume Shanahan’s disinterest in returning to the Broncos. It’s not like he returned my call or anything. 

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