This one’s personal.
It’s impossible to evaluate a business trip to Denver without looking back at Mike Shanahan’s connection to the Broncos.
Shanahan spent the 1984 season as Denver’s receivers coach, 1985-1987 as the offensive coordinator, 1989-1991 as the quarterbacks coach and 1995-2008 as the head coach. That adds up to 21 years of service and five Super Bowl appearances.
As the head coach in Denver, Shanahan posted a 146-91 record and became the fifth coach in NFL history to win back-to-back Super Bowls (XXXII and XXXIII).
Sunday will mark the first time Shanahan faces the Broncos as a head coach since 1989, when he directed the Los Angeles Raiders.
The Redskins are 6-6 all-time against the Broncos.
Washington’s most fond Redskins memory involving the Broncos undoubtedly dates back to Jan. 31, 1988. In Super Bowl XXII, with Shanahan coordinating offense for Denver, the Redskins trounced the Broncos, 42-10. Doug Williams became the first African-American quarterback to start a Super Bowl and took home the MVP award by passing for 340 yards and four touchdowns. Rookie running back Timmy Smith rushed 22 times for 204 yards and two TDs
On Nov. 18, 2001, the Redskins traveled to Denver and entered halftime with a 10-3 deficit. Michael Westbrook had nine catches for 104 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown reception. Stephen Davis churned out 97 yards on 24 carries.
The teams last met on Nov. 15, 2009, when Washington hosted Denver and defeated rookie head coach Josh McDaniels and the Broncos. Brandon Marshall burned the Redskins for 134 receiving yards and two TDs on only five grabs, but Washington won, 27-17. Ladell Betts ran for 114 yards and a score, and punter Hunter Smith completed a touchdown pass to Mike Sellers.
The teams first met on Nov. 1, 1970, when the Redskins defeated the Broncos, 19-3. Jerry Smith caught two touchdown passes from Sonny Jurgensen.
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