On Wednesday, former Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey joined The Drive with Cooley and Czabe on ESPN 980 to talk Mike Shanahan.
McCaffrey joined Shanahan in a move from San Francisco to Denver following the 1994 season, having his greatest success in the Mile High City.
Under Shanahan’s tutelage, McCaffrey accumulated 6,200 receiving yards, 46 touchdowns and of course two Super Bowl victories in nine seasons.
He spoke in-depth about Shanahan’s high football IQ and ability to get the most out of his players.
“He’s all business, he’s all about football,” McCaffrey said. “He expects the best out of his players and he expects the best out of himself and his coaches. He is a stickler when it comes to preparation and I’ve never seen anybody better in terms of how he diagnoses a team and puts together a gameplan.”
All week he’s been tucked deep inside Redskins Park devising a plan to knock off the 6-1 Broncos, staying well past any of his players or staff. While getting in a touchdown duel with Peyton Manning is never something that will make you say ‘man this will be great’, Shanahan will be perfectly equipped for the myriad of variables thrown his way like a college student who pulled an all-nighter in hopes of passing calculus.
“He’s an offensive wizard when it comes to football and he’s an awfully fun guy to play for that has an open door policy,” McCaffrey said. He’s going to listen but not necessarily the suggestion you have. I think for the most part players respect him, they know he’s been there and done that, they play hard for him and get along with him.”
Long before he was preaching the important of reading to the DMV’s youth and even before he grew an afro that even Bob Ross envied, he was just a boy in Wyoming hoping to one day be the next Ed McCaffrey.
Throughout grade school he watched McCaffrey’s run and admitted that he was one of his favorites.
McCaffrey, who retired in 2003, watched Cooley’s career which started in 2004. Besides what else is there to do when you’ve said enough to your job?
“I feel awfully old once again which I guess I am, but you had a nice little career yourself and it was fun to watch you as well.”
Before getting off the phone, McCaffrey’s joy to see both his coaching staff and former teammate (Keith Burns) return to the 38th state was obvious. The difficulty of seeing them in burgundy and gold will take adjustment, but he knows that Bobby Turner practically the same guy—sweat suit and all.
“I’m looking forward to it seeing Mike Shanahan and Bobby Turner and Keith Burns and that whole group that I played with and for.”
“Don’t worry about Bobby Turner,” Cooley said. “He’s wearing his sweat suit even if it’s 100 degrees to practice. He will not take that thing off.”
No he won’t. Training camp 2013: 93 degrees, heat index over 100 and the sweat suit is on.
“From the early 70’s, or is that the 80’s?”
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