Practice-facility flap led to Shanahan’s ouster

(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The beginning of Mike Shanahan‘s end as the Broncos’ head coach came last year when he asked team owner Pat Bowlen for a new practice facility, the Denver Post reported:

    Bowlen, a quarter-century into ownership and approaching 65, finally and emphatically said “no” to Mike Shanahan this past year, according to two Bowlen confidants who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
    Shanahan told Bowlen he wanted the owner to build a new practice facility. The Broncos’ current headquarters in suburban Dove Valley was opened in 1990 and is named in honor of the owner’s late father, Paul D. Bowlen. In 2004-05 the facility was renovated and expanded.
    “Pat said no. Mike had gone too far. It was the only time Pat didn’t say yes,” one source said. The other said: “That was the beginning of the end of their professional relationship.”

Shanahan failed to take the Broncos to the playoffs in his last three seasons and won only one postseason game since the 1998 season, when Denver claimed its second consecutive Super Bowl championship. He finished his 14-season tenure with a 138-86 record.

The Broncos hired New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their new head coach last month. No word on whether McDaniels also wants a new practice facility.

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