Studesville was moving out of his head coaching office Tuesday -- but only because Elway is moving in Wednesday. In an interview with The Associated Press in that office, he said he'll return to his old, smaller digs down the hall at the team's Dove Valley headquarters "until we figure out how everything plays out."
Although he had a four-week audition for the full-time gig, Studesville isn't exactly an open book.
"The thing I have to do going into the interview is demonstrate to them what my plan is going forward. I was thrust into this and it was more reactionary, just trying to get done what we needed to get done to prepare our team for football games. But this plan is more what I see going forward," Studesville said.
"When I first did this, I said I wanted to make some small changes that paid off in bigger ways. But now this is an opportunity to potentially change things if I wanted to change something," Studesville said. "And so I think that's what I want to present to them now and what my vision is of changing some things that haven't gone well."
For one, that might mean a switch back to the zone blocking scheme and away from the power running game implemented under McDaniels. But Studesville didn't want to elaborate on what he'll tell Elway in his formal interview next week.
Studesville spent Tuesday poring over player evaluations and planned to meet with his coaching staff on Wednesday.
Under Elway's leadership, Brian Xanders will become an empowered GM with more say on personnel matters than he had with McDaniels, who was jettisoned in the midst of the team's worst slide in four decades and the embarrassing videotaping scandal.
Just as Tebow got his first real taste of pro football over the last few weeks, Studesville said he had a similar indoctrination into being an NFL head coach.
"Absolutely. In essence, it's on-the-job training or an internship or whatever, but I got a chance to see the coaching profession from a different level," Studesville said. "It's truly valuable experience, no different than what Tim was receiving in those games and what he got.
"The more you do something, you see things that you would do differently, better, you can make adjustments. You just have a body of knowledge to draw upon."
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