Bowlen Denies Decision On McDaniels' Future

Sportswriter Claims Bowlen Said He Was Keeping McDaniels

Denver Broncos' owner Pat Bowlen says he hasn't made up his mind on whether to keep coach Josh McDaniels.

An earlier report on AOL's Fanhouse website by national correspondent Thomas George said Bowlen was asked in a telephone interview Monday night if coach Josh McDaniels would be fired at any point during this season.

"I am not interested in making a change," Bowlen was quoted as saying, according to George.

Bowlen was then asked directly if McDaniels would be back for 2011 season.

"Yes he will," Bowlen was quoted as saying. "I am not interested in making a coaching change."

Bowlen also told George that McDaniels had nothing to do with the London videotaping incident.

"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. I've got 27 years in this business. The ball bounces funny and it doesn't always bounce your way. We've had bad breaks, injuries. I've been around football long enough to know this happens and it's a part of the game. We've still got a chance to make the playoffs. People have been in a position like ours and it's been done before,'' George quoted Bowlen as saying.

Read Thomas George's report on AOL Fanhouse.

However, as the news spread, Bowlen released a statement that contradicted the earlier report.

"This has been a very trying and disappointing season for all of us," Bowlen said in a written statement. "We haven't had the success we had hoped to achieve. Josh McDaniels is the head coach of the Broncos, and you always strive for stability at that position. However, with five games left in the 2010 season, we will continue to monitor the progress of the team and evaluate what's in the best interest of this franchise."

Bowlen's statement did not mention the AOL Fanhouse story -- either claiming he was misquoted or saying the story was false.

Fan reaction to the initial report was swift and mostly negative when the story link was posted on TheDenverChannel's Facebook page.

Among the comments:

"Moma always said stupid is as stupid does...."

"I officially refuse to follow the Broncos anymore. Their coach is a cheat and the owner is a moron."

"Pat, you need to join the rest of us in reality and become more interested in making a change. Good luck keeping fans. Broncos have many bandwagon fans, not making a move will shake even more off and maybe, just maybe, the team might experience a non-sellout or two next season.

"OMG. I'm giving up my Broncos' license plates. That is the most absurd thing i have heard yet. …. Hit them in the pocket. Stop buying season tickets and Broncos' merchandise."

"What an idiot! I wont be attending any more games any time soon!!!! Why pay to see that train wreck???"

One fan simply wrote, "So much for that."

Several fans were positive about the news.

"WOOHOO.... you will all be back when they are winning. Fair weathered fans suck! How is McDaniels a cheat? He refused to look at any footage (I am sure he had other things on his mind besides calling to turn the other guy in right away). A true fan supports their team no matter what."

Another fan posted, "Good...he is the right person for the job.'