Tag:Steve Scarnecchia
Posted on: November 27, 2010 4:29 pm

Broncos: No reason to fire McDaniels

Denver will keep coach Josh McDaniels despite the controversy of the team video director illegally taping an opponents' practice.

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With the Broncos admitting today that they had acted illegally by video taping a small portion of a 49ers practice last month, the team ownership has decided the incident was not cause to fire coach Josh McDaniels.

In fact, much more important to McDaniels’ job security is how Denver – tied for last place in the AFC West with a 3-7 record – performs in the final six games of the season and whether the Broncos can shake off a prolonged slump in which they’ve lost 15 of their past 20 games under McDaniel’s leadership.

But for now, even in the face of today’s big controversy, McDaniels has his job.

“We’re disappointed with the season as it’s gone thus far,” said Joe Ellis, the Broncos chief operating office, on a national conference call. “We have six games left to play. This particular incident that one employee took advantage of does not sway (owner Pat) Bowlen’s feelings about Josh one way or the other. He understands Josh has made a mistake. He’s apologized to Mr. Bowlen. We have six games left to play, and we’re hopeful we improve.”

McDaniels, for his part, seemed sincerely sorry at his news conference, apologizing at least twice for the mistake (the mistake not being that former video director Steve Scarnecchia took the video because, by all accounts, he did that without any instruction from the coaching staff, but instead that McDaniels didn’t report the incident as soon as he knew what Scarnecchia had done).

“I made a mistake. I made a mistake and I should have done that right away,” McDaniels said. “We felt we handled it the right way by not doing anything with that, but I did not follow through with it.”

McDaniels may be safe with the Broncos upper management (for now), but what about the fans’ view of him? What about the fans’ trust in McDaniels?

“I would just hope they understand he’s made a mistake and he’s acknowledged that,” Ellis said. “He did an important thing when he chose not to look at that (tape) and made it clear that it’s not how we’re conducting business. We’ll do better on the field, and from there, we’ll begin to earn back their trust.”

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 1:32 pm

Broncos admit wrong-doing, fire video director

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Broncos have admitted to wrong-doing on the Denver Post’s report today that disclosed they had illegally taped an opponent's practice while in London.

The club released a statement this afternoon, saying it had “discovered and disclosed to the NFL a violation by a club employee of the league’s integrity-of-the-game policy involving the improper videotaping of a six-minute portion of the San Francisco 49ers’ October 30 practice at Wembley Stadium in London the day prior to the Broncos-49ers game there.”

Video director Steve Scarnecchia, while setting up his equipment for the next day’s game, shot the brief video and gave it to coach Josh McDaniels. But McDaniels declined to view it, saying “I’m not doing that,” the investigation by the Broncos and the NFL determined. McDaniels, though, didn’t report the incident to the NFL, and he’s been fined $50,000 by commissioner Roger Goodell. The club also has been fined $50,000.

Scarnecchia has been fired for cause. Goodell also said that because Scarnecchia is a repeat offender of the rules governing the integrity of the game, he will be the subject of a hearing on whether he should be barred from the NFL for conduct detrimental to the league.

A statement from Pat Bowlen, team president and chief executive officer:

“The Denver Broncos and I, as the Owner, believe in the integrity of the National Football League and fair competition and do not, in any way, condone this type of behavior. The fact that an employee of the Denver Broncos would take such action is personally disappointing to me. I apologize to all affected by this incident. This employee is no longer with the organization.

“This incident cuts into the trust and respect our fans, our ticket holders, our community and our fellow competitors have for our organization. That is why the Denver Broncos, upon learning of this violation, immediately investigated this matter and reported the incident to the League.

“The Denver Broncos and I accept the discipline imposed by the NFL. We will take all steps to ensure that an incident like this never occurs again. We will always strive to uphold the integrity of our organization and the National Football League.”

From McDaniels:

“I apologize for not promptly reporting the improper conduct of our video director before our game against the 49ers in London. The actions of this individual are in no way representative of the values and integrity held by myself, our players and coaches, and the entire Denver Broncos organization.

“I understand the punishment from the National Football League and support its commitment to the integrity of the game. We have addressed the situation internally to assure that nothing like this happens again.”

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:22 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

Denver, coached by Josh McDaniels, is being investigated by the NFL for illegally taping a San Francisco practice (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Denver Post is reporting that the NFL is investigating whether the Broncos illegally taped a 49ers practice a day before the teams played in London.

The team’s director of video operations, Steve Scarnecchia, is on a “personal leave of absence,” Broncos chief operating officer Joe Ellis confirmed to the paper. According to the Post , Scarnecchia did not travel to San Diego last week and did not appear at the Broncos complex this week.

The paper contacted Scarnecchia at home, but he declined comment, as did NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. Head coach Josh McDaniels could not be reached for comment.

You might recall that McDaniels was employed by the Patriots when they were found to have illegally videotaped the Jets coaches sending in signals during the course of a game in 2007. Scarnecchia also is a former New England employee, but he wasn’t with the team in 2007, though he has been accused of being overly vigilant in taping other teams’ signals (even, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter made mention of it on the Senate floor in 2008).

The illegal taping this year is alleged to have occurred Saturday, Oct. 30 when both teams had access to Wembley Stadium for their final walk-throughs in preparation for the game San Francisco won 24-16.

This is what McDaniels said about the Spygate incident in New England when he was originally hired by Denver.

"I don't think it is good,” he told reporters. “To have that kind of attention was a distraction, and I think that is how we all treated it. We tried to do the best we could to limit those distractions every week, and it will be no different here. Certainly we are never looking to do anything that is not within the rules established by the National Football League."

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