Eric Studesville may forever be the forgotten man in Broncos lore.
He's the guy who finished the most regrettable season in team history. A time many Broncos fans have already blocked from their memory.
Even in his finest hour, his first NFL win (as interim head coach), he was overshadowed by Tim Tebow who will forever be given credit for rallying the hope of Broncos Nation during a dark time. Again, Studesville became a forgotten man.
Studesville will likely return to his back-seat role as an assistant coach (maybe with Broncos, maybe not) and may never get a chance to lead another NFL franchise but I will forever remember him as a class act and a guy who treated EVERYBODY with respect.
The Monday following the season-ending loss to the Chargers, I woke up and fired up my Blackberry to catchup on emails that had come in over night. I was shocked to see an email titled "THANK YOU" from Eric Studesville. The letter thanked the local media members who cover the Denver Broncos on a regular basis saying he had "greater appreciation for the hard work you do and the important role you play in reaching out to our fans." He also said he appreciated the media treating him "fairly" and that he hoped "our paths crossed again."
Studesville had much larger issues on his mind. Most notably putting together his case to become the next head coach of the Denver Broncos. But he took the time to tell people how much he cared.... Players, coaches, staff and even the media.
Eric Studeville may forever be remembered by Broncos fans as "the guy who replaced Josh McDaniels" or "the guy who gave Tim Tebow a chance to start an NFL game"... But I will remember him as a "class act" who understood coaching in the NFL is about so much more than X's and O's... It's also about the relationships you build along the way.
Yes coach, I too would love for our paths to cross once again. I could learn a lot from a guy like you.