Mike Shanahan, 57, signed a five-year contract worth approximately $7 million per year to be the coach and executive vice president of football operations for the Redskins. He coached the Broncos for 14 seasons and led Denver to back-to-back Super Bowl titles and, before that, coached the Raiders for parts of two seasons.

Gallery: The Shanahan era begins   


College coaching career

» Oklahoma, offensive assistant, 1975-76

» Northern Arizona, backfield coach, 1977

» University of Minnesota, offensive coordinator, 1979

» University of Florida, offensive coordinator, 1980-83


Broncos assistant

» After four years as the University of Florida’s offensive coordinator, he joined the Denver as the wide receivers coach under Coach Dan Reeves.

» Shanahan was elevated to offensive coordinator in 1985.

» With a young John Elway at quarterback, the Broncos won AFC titles in 1986 and 1987, but lost in the Super Bowl each year.


Raiders coach

» Success in Denver landed Shanahan in Los Angeles. At 35, Shanahan was the youngest coach in Raiders’ history.

» He and owner Al Davis never saw eye to eye, and Shanahan was fired four games into his second season.


Broncos assistant

» Shanahan landed back in Denver as the quarterbacks coach as the Broncos went 5-11.

» In 1991, the Broncos went 12-4 and were eliminated by the Bills in the AFC Championship game with Shanahan again assuming the offensive coordinator role.

» He was fired after being caught in the middle of a feud between Elway and Reeves.


49ers assistant

» Shanahan was a part of his first Super Bowl-winning team in the last of his three seasons as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator.

» His teams led the NFL in total offense in 1993 and 1994. Steve Young (above, with Shanahan) led the offense and threw six touchdowns in Super Bowl XXIX against the Chargers.


Broncos coach: The title years
(47-17 record,
2 division titles,
7-1 in
the playoffs, 2 Super Bowl championships)

» After going 8-8 in his first season with Denver, Shanahan and the Broncos -- led by John Elway and Terrell Davis -- went 46-10 over the next three years, winning back-to-back Super Bowls before Elway retired after the 1998 season.

» Davis, who was selected in the sixth round of Shanahan’s inaugural draft with the team, rushed for more than 6,000 yards in his first four seasons before knee injuries shortened his career.

» Shanahan installed staples, such as a run-heavy version of the West Coast offense and scripting the first 15 offensive plays of every game.

» During this era, the Broncos finished in the top five in offense and rushing every season.


Broncos coach: The post-Elway years
(91-69 record,
1 division title,
1-4 in the playoffs)

»Denver compiled a 91-69 record in the 10 seasons after Elway’s retirement, but the Broncos won the AFC West only once, went 1-4 in the postseason and missed the playoffs six times.

»Shanahan’s ability to find unheralded running backs was established with Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns and Tatum Bell each having 1,000-yard seasons during the decade.

» In 2008 (when these photos were taken), Denver became the first team since divisional play began in 1967 to blow a three-game lead with three games remaining, missing the playoffs. Shortly thereafter, Shanahan was fired despite having three years and nearly $20 million left on his contract.

» Over his thirteen years as head coach, Shanahan has set Denver coaching records for most regular-season wins (138), postseason wins (eight) and highest winning percentage (.616).

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