Denver plans to honor Mike Shanahan on Sunday

October 22, 2013

(Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Mike Shanahan makes his first return to Denver since leaving in 2008, and the former Broncos coach is looking forward to it.

“I think it’ll be very positive because you have 21 years and a lot of great memories,” Shanahan said during his press conference Monday. “I think it’ll be fun going back there, getting a chance to spend all those years in one place. I’m sure hoping I don’t get booed.”

The Broncos are doing what they can to make sure it’s a positive homecoming. According to the Denver Post, the team has planned a pregame video tribute for Shanahan:

The Broncos want to make sure people know they will forever appreciate Shanahan’s contributions to the Denver franchise. As the Redskins are introduced as a team for the starting lineups, the Broncos will show a 20-second highlight film of Shanahan’s head coaching career in Denver.

While the Denver Post used that announcement to talk about Shanahan’s accomplishments in Denver, a different item by Broncos beat writer John Meyer was less diplomatic.

Now Mike Shanahan comes to town. He’s a genius, of course, but have you seen Washington’s defense? Sunday’s game is going to be great entertainment just watching Shanahan fume and wondering if those eyes are finally going to pop out of their sockets on national television.

Gif of that, please.

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