No Time To Be Nostalgic For Mike Shanahan

By Greg Bradshaw
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins will go on the road to face the Denver Broncos for their Week 8 game on Sunday. It’ll mark the return to Denver of Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan, who led the Broncos to two Super Bowl titles in the late 1990s as their head coach. Former Broncos’ quarterback and Hall of Famer John Elway was also instrumental in helping the Broncos win those titles.

The Broncos will show a pregame video tribute to Shanahan before Sunday’s game. It’s understandable if Shanahan becomes a little emotional. He spent 14 years in Denver, leading them to their only two Super Bowl titles. It’s a classy move by the Broncos’ organization to pay tribute to Shanahan, who brought two titles to an organization wracked with Super Bowl heartache before his arrival.

However, that was long ago, and Shanahan has been disconnected from the Broncos’ franchise for four full calendar years. It’s time for him to turn the page.

Shanahan’s done just that. He’s trying to bring some of his championship magic to Washington, this time with another talented quarterback under center in Robert Griffin III. Shanahan’s in his fourth year in Washington, and his tenure so far hasn’t produced a championship, much less a Super Bowl title. Currently, the Redskins have a 2-4 record, good for third place in an otherwise dreadful NFC East. Winning this game will go a long way toward Washington establishing position in the division.

However, the 2013 incarnation of the Denver Broncos are doing just fine without Shanahan at the helm. While their current head coach, John Fox, doesn’t own the Super Bowl honors Shanahan does, his Broncos do own a 6-1 record. Denver is led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who many in NFL circles believe to be the greatest quarterback of all time. Under Manning’s leadership at quarterback, the Broncos boast the NFL’s top-ranked offense in total yardage. Denver’s scoring average of an astounding 42 points per game makes them a heavy favorite in every game they play.

While Shanahan can rightfully acknowledge and appreciate the accolades that the Broncos’ faithful will shower him with before the game, it’ll be business as usual once the opening kickoff commences. He’ll be focusing on trying to earn win No. 2 for Washington. It would make things a little sweeter if that victory comes against the team where Shanahan has enjoyed his greatest success.

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