The Denver Broncos have named Eric Studesville as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Studesville was hired in January as the team's running backs coach and is a 14-year veteran of the league.
Earlier Monday, the team fired second-year coach Josh McDaniels. McDaniels had a 5-17 record after starting last season with six wins.
Team president Pat Bowlen said in a statement:
"My decision to relieve Josh McDaniels as head coach was not taken lightly. 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."
Studesville spent the past 10 years as a running backs coach in the NFL. He spent six seasons with the Buffalo Bills and another three seasons with the New York Giants. Studesville said in a statement:
"I am very appreciative of the trust that Mr. Bowlen and the entire Denver Broncos organization have shown in me. Although the circumstances that this opportunity resulted from are unfortunate, I am excited to lead this football team. We have a great group of players and coaches who are committed to finishing the season on a promising note and making our fans proud of this team.”