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Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan Fired

By Wyatt Earp | December 30, 2008

Broncos Shanahan Fired FootballDo you hear that, Philadelphia Eagles? The Jets are already talking to Bill Cowher, so it’s time to kick that fat bastard Andy Reid to the curb and pick up a real coach!

Of course, they won’t do that, but at least I can say “I told you so,” after Shanny signs with the Browns.

DENVER – Mike Shanahan became the latest and most stunning victim of the NFL coaching purge, fired Tuesday by the Denver Broncos after a late-season collapse knocked the team out of the playoffs for the third straight year. Shanahan joined Eric Mangini, Rod Marinelli and Romeo Crennel on the unemployment line after going 24-24 over the last three seasons, including three straight losses in 2008 that turned a three-game division lead to an 8-8 record.

Despite that, and the 52-21 loss to the Chargers that ended Denver’s season Sunday, this was a shocker: The ouster of a 14-year coaching veteran who won two Super Bowl titles for Denver and was considered my many in this town to be a lifer.

“After giving this careful consideration, I have concluded that a change in our football operations is in the best interests of the Denver Broncos,” owner Pat Bowlen said.

Shanahan’s record was 146-89, but the Broncos remained stuck at only one postseason victory since John Elway retired in 1999 after Denver’s second championship. ()

Regular readers of SYLG know that I am a huge Broncos fan. I have been since 1978, and I think John Elway is the greatest player in NFL history. Having said that, I am not a Stepford, and I realize that the Broncos’ collapse was of Greg Norman proportions. However, Denver had a slew of injuries to their top players, and their defense was suspect for the entire season. While I place some blame on Shanahan, I think it was a total team effort to the downward spiral.

But firing Mike Shanahan? That’s just plain idiotic. The man is a genius, and one terrible collapse doesn’t change that fact. The article mentions the one playoff victory in the post-Elway era, but Broncos fans know why: We had to play the Indianapolis Colts many of those times. It’s difficult to beat Peyton Manning at the dome. End of story.

Now the Broncos are looking for a head coach. Personally, I want Cowher. I don’t think we’ll get him, but it’s nice to dream.

As for Shanahan, I think he’ll have his choice of teams if he decides to continue coaching. It’s a shame one of those teams won’t be the Eagles. Thanks, Mike. It’s been one helluva ride!

Topics: Denver Broncos | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan Fired”

  1. CaptainAmerica Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 8:35 pm


  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Captain – Uh-huh. Two Super Bowl victories . . . back-to-back. How many do the Eagles have?

    Thought so.

  3. Old NFO Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Another one bites the dust… Still not as bad as Chargers firing Shottenhimer after a WINNING season…

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Old NFO – I never liked Marty because he always scorched us. That being said, it was the most ridiculous firing ever.

  5. texjah Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    so a megalomaniacal control freak bites the dust. live by the sword….

  6. Sully Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Shanahan is one of the three best coaches in football. This was a dumbass move by Denver.

    Whoever picks him up, aside from the Pats & Giants is moving in the right direction.

  7. Diller Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Wyatt, I think our Bucs fell apart worse. As soon as Kiffen announced he was leaving,they just quit playing. A lot of fans want Gruden gone. Hell,the way things are going down here, Tampa will probably revive the cream-sicle uniforms, and the gay pirate logo on the helmet.

  8. RT Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 9:14 am

    And see, the Eagles won that game, and now they can’t have dibs on the good choices for coach. Oh, never mind, Andy has some kind of voodoo hold on Lurie’s brain.

  9. Joaquin Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    After Elway retired, what has Shanahan done?
    The guy is so overrated it’s not even funny.

  10. TK Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Elway as the GM, Crennel as the Def. Coord, Bates, as the Offensive Coord and Cower as the coach. Now you’ve got a dream team.

  11. TK Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    …and while we’re at it, how about we cut Matt “I hit the goal post twice on the same extra point attempt” Prater.