For more than an hour Thursday, former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan reflected on last season and looked ahead to future ones.
The first part of the interview — Shanahan on his past — ran on Saturday on NFL Network’s pregame show, NFL GameDay Morning. The next part — Shanahan on his future — will run Sunday on NFL Gameday Morning. Here are the excerpts from Saturday’s show:
- “I was a little surprised myself, but I understand this business. If you’re in the position that Pat’s (Bowlen) in, you have to make some tough decisions and do what’s best for your organization.” — Shanahan on his initial reaction to being fired.
- “I didn’t know it was coming but found out very quickly.” — Shanahan on the purpose of his meeting with Bowlen.
- “It was harder on (Bowlen) than it was on me.” — Shanahan on his feelings in the meeting.
- “You’re disappointed because you saw our football team getting better. When you have a franchise quarterback and you’re doing good things offensively, you like the chemistry of the team, you’re quite disappointed that you can’t finish something that you started.” — Shanahan on his biggest disappointment in being dismissed.
- “He was very good to me. Very professional. He saw how hard we worked, what we did to prepare. He was one of the guys. It was one of those situations where you look back and say, ‘Hey, that’s a relationship I’ll be very proud of for years to come, even though it ended the way it did, our friendship will never end.” — Shanahan on his relationship with Bowlen.
- “Anytime you are at one place for a while sometimes change is a positive.” — Shanahan on being with the Broncos for so long.
- “The bottom line is you get paid to win. We didn’t get it done.” — Shanahan on why he was fired.
- “I would say definitely yes.” — Shanahan on if he would still be the head coach if the Broncos made the playoffs.
- “That’s what football is all about, winning. This is a performance based business. You get it done or you don’t.”
And regarding his future, Shanahan said, “You’re going to have to tune in tomorrow.”
The second part of the interview will air on NFL Network during Sunday’s special playoff edition of NFL GameDay Morning, which starts at 9 a.m. ET.