Mike Shanahan returns to Broncos practice for first time in more than 10 years

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The Broncos fired coach Mike Shanahan after the 2008 season. He hadn’t returned to the team’s facilty, until today.

Shanahan was back on Saturday, at the invitation of new coach Vic Fangio.

“I was glad to have Mike here,” Fangio told reporters. “I invited him out, wanted him to come. I invited him for the spring work and schedules never matched up, but I was glad he was here. I think it’s good he’s here. Mike’s got a big part in the rich history of this franchise. He’s welcome to come here anytime he wants.”

Shanahan led the Broncos to their first two Super Bowl wins; he’s one of only six coaches with consecutive Super Bowl victories.

Fangio explained that he and Shanahan have gotten to know each other over the past five-to-eight years. They have a much longer history as competitors.

Shanahan coached in Washington from 2010 through 2013. He has periodically expressed a desire to have a third head-coaching a fourth head-coaching stint (he also coached the Raiders in the late 1980s), but he has never generated much interest.

24 responses to “Mike Shanahan returns to Broncos practice for first time in more than 10 years

  1. One of the nicest ppl on the planet. His wife’s sister owns farm ground here in Illinois and eats at our local diner all the time. Comes up to ya, shakes your hand and just has a casual conversation with you. He’ll talk football with you all day long. He’s arguably Denver’s best coach, ever. Very nice, and humbled guy.

  2. He might have won a Super Bowl in Denver but Dan Reeve’s is the gold standard of Bronco’s coach’s.

  3. He’s there to consult on salary cap issues, as well as chop block techniques, and the best brands of petroleum jelly… Trying to get back to the glory days!

  4. Mike Shanahan’s offense suits Joe Flacco. It was the same offense under Gary Kubiak that took the Ravens and Flacco to the brink of beating the Patriots in the playoffs in 2014. It took Julian Edelman’s perfect pass to save that game for the Patriots but the Ravens had the Patriots on the ropes.

  5. He might have won a Super Bowl in Denver but Dan Reeve’s is the gold standard of Bronco’s coach’s.
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    No ‘might’ about it – he won two Super Bowls coaching the Broncos. As Hall of Fame worthy as his run in Denver was, he did something that should have fast-tracked him to the Hall by now: He got a Rookie of the Year performance out of Robert Griffin! The Head Coach and son conjured up a college offense tailored to Griffin, who, as things have played out, was a straight line runner with lousy mechanics undercutting a strong arm, and football instincts rivaling Blaine Gabbert. Add to that, Griffin’s greater interest in self-promotion than in working, It was truly smoke and mirrors coaching magic from Mike Shanahan.

  6. Ah yes 2 titles stolen thanks to exceeding the then $56M caps by $29M – not once but twice!

  7. Once he gets into the HOF it will mean that all the Broncos principals involved in the salary cap scandal will be in Canton. Integrity counts in the NFL. Circumventing the salary cap should have gotten them all fast-tracked out of the league, not into the Hall of Fame.

  8. streetyson says:
    July 20, 2019 at 8:46 pm
    Ah yes 2 titles stolen thanks to exceeding the then $56M caps by $29M – not once but twice
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    Anytime I see Patriot fans calling out other teams for breaking the rules I laugh so hard.

  9. “Ah yes 2 titles stolen thanks to exceeding the then $56M caps by $29M – not once but twice!”

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    And yet you complain about people whining on Patriots articles…

  10. anyone that thinks his SB’s are legit and don’t deserve an asterisk, are most likely patriot haters- going over the cap is a much huger advantage than any deflated balls, which btw was due to the inclement weather, when y’all learn to actually use your brains, maybe then I will listen to you- any team- even the Bungles could do quite well with an extra 55 mil over the cap right now, am I wrong? I hate some of the dumb Pats fans comments on here and their obvious bias, but if y;all can’s admit this then you are completely delusional

  11. It amazes me that people bad mouth Mike Shanahan, he won 2 Super Bowls then went to Washington made to the playoffs twice with a quarterback he did not want, no draft pics and no money for free agents

  12. So what really happened?
    The Denver Broncos were on the hook for approximately 100 million of the 401 million dollar cost for the construction of Sports Authority Field (at that time the new stadium or Invesco Field). This was a financial struggle for the team at the time so individuals on the back end of the financial operations made agreements with “Broncos players” (John Elway and Terrell Davis) to defer payments on their contracts to the future and in return promised to pay interest on the deferred amounts. Another player was promised that they wouldn’t be waived prior to a certain date.

    According to the league, both agreements triggered salary cap accounting issues. In regards to the player who was promised that he wouldn’t be waived prior to a certain date, “That commitment had the effect of converting the player’s roster bonus into a guarantee, which affected the timing of the salary cap treatment of a portion of the bonus. The NFL’s Executive VP of labor relations at the time Harold Henderson confirmed that “the individual’s responsible for the violations are no longer with the team” and that the Broncos “have been cooperative throughout the investigation.”

    The investigation resulted in the discovery of undisclosed agreements between the club and Broncos players during the same period [1996-1998] pursuant to which various players agreed to defer certain compensation in exchange for a commitment to pay interest on the deferred amounts…These agreements were plainly designed to help the club cope with seasonal cash flow problems exacerbated by the Broncos’ need to fund front-end expenditures associated with development of the new stadium in Denver.

    Pat Bowlen released a statement when the punishments were handed down to a similar effect:

    “The non-disclosures brought to my attention by the National Football League took place in the mid-1990s. We cooperated with the NFL throughout their examination of the situation. While I regret that the circumstances took place, it is important to note that there was no competitive advantage gained by our organization, nor was there any involvement or responsibility by anyone who is currently with the Broncos in any capacity. We accept our penalty, will pay our fine as directed and from this point on put the issue behind us. Our entire organization is working toward a great season in 2004.”

    In other words, these were isolated infractions created by bean-counters in accounting. The team was not able to create more cap space illegally, the team was not able to sign star players because of the actions. Other than receiving immediate relief on cashflow issues directly related to the financing of the new stadium, nothing was gained—certainly not a competitive advantage gained via videotaping another team’s signals or practices….nor was there a blatant breach of any NFL rule having to do with the competitive nature of the game like we see in “DeflateGate.”

    In fact, our very own Kyle Montgomery said it best when he wrote about this subject years ago:

    So were the Broncos cheaters? No. Did they break league rules regarding player payment? Yes, members of the organization did, unbeknownst to Pat Bowlen and Mike Shanahan. And then those employees got canned. Connecting Spygate to the Broncos cap issues is as ridiculous as it comes.

  13. It amazes me that people bad mouth Mike Shanahan, he won 2 Super Bowls then went to Washington made to the playoffs twice with a quarterback he did not want, no draft pics and no money for free agents.
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    They made the playoffs once during Shanahan’s run in D.C.

  14. It funny watching Patriots fans quiver at the mention of the name “Shanahan”. Denver is one of the few teams that owned New England during their Dynasty.

  15. Quiver? With laughter maybe. As leather face was banished to the Redskins, aka irrelevance, his offspring stuck around just long enough to be part of the most epic collapse in SB history. When one thinks of the Broncos and Super Bowls the terms historically embarrassing blowouts (5 losses by an AVERAGE of 29.6 points) AND salary cap violations come to mind.

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    July 20, 2019 at 8:14 pm
    …It took Julian Edelman’s perfect pass to save that game for the Patriots but the Ravens had the Patriots on the ropes.

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    Not to mention Revis’s uncalled jersey grabbing pass interference.

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