Well that’s not exactly true, after suffering through Sunday’s game in San Diego and watching the Broncos go from leading the AFC West by three games to losing it with only only three games left, the idea of Mike taking a hike had creeped it’s way into my head.
<font color="#00275d" Makes you wonder how long Pat Bowlin has been contemplating this move. Some speculated it would happen last year, not me. I thought Mike would retire a Bronco.
I remember listening to Mike talk a little smack during a radio interview at Broncos training camp this past summer.
Mike was feeling a little cocky and said that he would “Guarantee that the Broncos would make the postseason this year.”
I heard that and thought “oh sheet, he didn’t just say that did he?”
He did, and the Broncos didn’t.
I’m thinking (I’m sure Pat Bowlen is too), that John Elway could do this if “he” was so inclined, don’t be surprised if that idea gets tossed around into the head coach mix.
Elway as head coach of the Broncos would silence the nay-sayers, appease the fans, and bring peace to a restless Broncos country.
Plus from a fans point of view, how cool would it be to see Elways mug at Mile High again, running the show just like old times (Just please put on shirt John).
This is what Pat Bowlen had to say about canning the Shan Man: “After giving this careful consideration” (Which means, I had a nice chat with Elway), ” I have concluded that a change in our football operations is in the best interests of the Denver Broncos.
This is certainly a difficult decision, but one that I feel must be made and which will ultimately be in the best interests of all concerned.”
Bowlen went on to say, “I appreciate the 21 years that Mike Shanahan has given to the organization as an assistant and head coach, and the two Super Bowl wins in that time. His contributions hold a special place in Broncos history.”
Shanahan’s record is 146-91 with the Broncos, including 8-5 in the postseason. His 154 victories, including eight with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988 and ’89, have got him tied with Marv Levy for 15th place on the NFL’s all-time list of coaching wins.
On a personal note, I really like Mike. He never pulled punches with anyone. He’s reserved (usually), but is articulate and well (carefully) spoken.
The day the Broncos won their first Superbowl was the day my pug Jonsie died.
That Superbowl had special meaning on a bunch of different levels for me. Mike was running the show then and for that he will always have my respect and admiration.
Mike Shanahan, thank you and good luck in your future endeavors.
Consider purchasing a cowboy hat and taking a road trip to Dallas?