Redskins coach Mike Shanahan received a hero’s welcome Sunday in his first game in Denver since his firing by the Broncos five years ago.
Champ Bailey’s sprained left foot will keep him on the sideline Sunday when Mike Shanahan returns to Denver.
Mike Shanahan is the only coach to bring a Super Bowl title to the Mile High City, but the gleam of the two Lombardi Trophies he won faded.
Elite? Yes. A playoff and Super Bowl contender? Certainly. But, at least for this week, the Broncos aren’t the league’s top team.
His throws are much stronger in his second season in Denver. His passes zip through defenders’ grasps and into his receivers’ waiting hands to the oohs and ahhs of his teammates and coaches.
One of the quietest players in NFL history sure had a lot to say Thursday. Former Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen made up for all those “no comments” during his 15-year career during an extraordinary half hour that at times showed precisely why he was wise to stay silent rather than speak his mind.
In addition to their $55 million splurge in free agency and plans to sign left tackle Ryan Clady to a big contract this summer, the Broncos are spending another $35 million to fix up their stadium and training facilities.
Next year’s schedule will bring former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins to Denver for the first time since Shanahan was fired by the Broncos.
Two short years ago, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen sent out a letter to season ticket holders. “You deserve more from this franchise,” he wrote. Then, he went out and fixed it – first by hiring John Elway.
Champ Bailey insists the script in Denver is finally going to flip this year.