The Denver Broncos have fired head coach Nathaniel Hackett after less than a year in charge.
But a 51-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday was the Broncos’ 11th loss in 15 games this season.
Hackett, 43, took over in January after spending three seasons as offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I want to thank Nathaniel Hackett for his dedication,” Broncos owner and general manager Greg Penner said.
“Following lengthy conversations with [general manager] george [Paton] and our ownership group, we determined that a new direction would ultimately be in the best interest of the Broncos.”
A consortium made up of seven-time British Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton completed record Broncos purchase for $4.65bn (£3.84bn) in August.
“This change has been made now out of respect for everyone involved and allows us to immediately begin the search for a new head coach,” Penner added in a statement.
“Our fans deserve much better, and I can’t say enough about their loyalty during such a difficult time for our team.”
The Broncos did not name an interim replacement after Hackett left after just 15 games, but Penner said he would lead the search for a new head coach.
That ends the shortest head coaching tenure in Broncos history.