Bowlen, in a telephone interview on Monday night, was asked if coach Josh McDaniels will be fired at any point during this season.
"I am not interested in making a change," Bowlen said.
OK, what about the 2011 season? Will McDaniels be back for it?
"Yes he will," Bowlen said. "I am not interested in making a coaching change."
So, there you have it. Despite the Broncos' recent taping scandal, their current 3-8 record and McDaniels' 5-16 record in his last 21 games, this is Bowlen's coach. Today, tomorrow, next season.
McDaniels, 34, became the Broncos' coach last season and won his first six games. But the stretch since has been a trying one of alternate prime and poor play. Mostly poor.
Toss in last week's revelations that the Broncos former videographer, Steve Scarnecchia, taped six minutes of the 49ers' walkthrough practice the day before Broncos played the 49ers on Oct. 31 in London, and the swirl of controversy around McDaniels has heightened.
Scarnecchia was fired, McDaniels said he never viewed the tape, and the league fined both McDaniels and the franchise $50,000 apiece.
Bowlen said: "Josh had nothing to do with that. The former employee did it on his own. There was no direction from the head coach. Josh did not order it. We're absolutely positive this was done by the former employee on his own.
"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.''
The Broncos that McDaniels inherited included quarterback Jay Cutler, receiver Brandon Marshall and running back Peyton Hillis. Cutler is with the Bears, Marshall with the Dolphins and Hillis with the Browns. Bowlen knows the Broncos' current struggles are often magnified when considering those players are no longer members of the franchise. But he is not wallowing in regret.
"People get traded,'' Bowlen said. "Sometimes you look back at it as the right move. Sometimes you look back and you're not as happy. It's the nature of the game. I'm not commenting on any one of the particular players we traded. But I know we have bought some people in here who can and will help us."
Bowlen described recent reports that he is in poor health and no longer first-hand running the Broncos as "pure B.S."
"I have no idea where that came from,'' Bowlen, 66, said. "I don't run the triathlons anymore like I used to. I do leg work on machines and do the bike. I'm not as strong as I used to be, but I'm still good.''
And ready to help McDaniels where he can, he said.
"I think what I can do is bring my advice and he can take it or leave it,'' Bowlen said. "I think the coaching staff around him is very important. The head coach is the most important. But the staff is also important. Josh has surrounded himself with good coaches but it may get to a point where some of them have to go. I don't know that yet. Josh is around the football team. He knows."
Bowlen made it clear that if McDaniels doesn't know that, he will make that decision for him. Thus, though Bowlen is certain McDaniels will be retained, he does not offer the same for some of McDaniels' assistants.
"I am confident if he doesn't have the right people around him, that he should change coaches,'' Bowlen said. "It is something I have always left up to my coach. But I always reserve the right to make that change. I have done it on an isolated basis. It rarely happens. He picks the coaches. But, absolutely, I have the right to make those changes."
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