The mistake was thought to be the airing of a live feed, but it turned out to be video fed from the production truck.
The first-year head coach, who's shown his fair share of fire in his first 11 games, was shown rallying his troops on the sideline. He yelled, "All we're trying to do is win a [expletive] game!"
Play-by-play announcer Bob Papa apologized for airing the curse word, and the executive producer of the NFL Network, Eric Weinberger, later explained the situation to The Associated Press.
"It was on delay. We wish we would have caught it and bleeped it," Weinberger said. "We apologize for ever airing anything like that, absolutely, especially on Thanksgiving."
Weinberger stressed that the network does not air sideline sounds live.
"Everyone [watching on TV] thought it was live because it was in live speed and it looked live. It came out of the truck," he explained. "Honestly, we would never go live and raise audio levels on anyone live. On the sidelines, we would never do that. We came out of break and rolled it. It's a mistake."
McDaniels took a shot at the network after the game.
"It's the NFL Network. It doesn't surprise me," McDaniels told The Denver Post.
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