365 days ago, December 6, 2009, the Denver Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs 44-13 - in Kansas City - to move to 8-4 on the season. They were in first place in the AFC West and seemed primed to make the playoffs. What came next - 3-13 in their last 16 games - has led to the removal of Josh McDaniels as Head Coach of the Broncos.
He released a statement tonight through the team:
"I am very grateful to Pat Bowlen and the Broncos' organization for giving me the opportunity to be the Head Coach of such a proud franchise. I would like to thank all of the people who helped us over the last two years. I am especially appreciative of the efforts of every player, coach and member of the personnel department who worked so hard every day. I wish Pat Bowlen and the Broncos' organization nothing but the best in the future."