Shanahan takes over as Head Coach

Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan talks to quarterback John Elway during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills in Denver Sunday night, Sept. 3, 1995. While severely tested of late, Shanahan’s faith in his Broncos remains unshakable. “We’re not far away,” Shanahan insisted on Monday, one day after a 20-17 loss to Kansas City had dropped the Broncos’ record to 7-8..(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Mike Shanahan is hired as the 11th head coach in Broncos history.

Shanahan, a Denver assistant coach from 1984-87 and 1989-91, signed a seven-year contract as head coach after spending the previous three years in San Francisco, where he served as offensive coordinator.