Former Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan: ‘I’d Look At Anything…’

July 20, 2009 – 7:30 am by Michael Bean

Only 7 months or so removed from being relieved of his duties as the head coach of the Denver Broncos, Mike Shanahan isn’t yet jonesing to get back in to the game. He won’t stay away from the game too long, though. I think most people would agree on that. For now though, Shanahan is content catching up on some of the activities he largely was unable to participate in due to the time constraints required to lead an NFL team. Shanahan took some time out of his relaxed schedule to talk to JT The Brick on Fox Sports Radio last Friday about his 21 year run with the Broncos, what it was like being terminated by an organization he had been so loyal and committed to and how he is excited to return to the sidelines at some point in the very near future, even potentially at the collegiate level.

On how he’s adjusting to not having had preparation to occupy his mind for the first NFL offseason in many years:

“To be honest, it’s been a little bit different. At the end of the season, you make some decisions through interviews if you’re going to jump back in to it or maybe take a year off. And I just thought, at the end of the day, it was best for me to kind of stay away from it for a year. And I really enjoy my time. My daughter got married, I moved in to a new home, and I’ve had a chance to spend more time doing more than football doing the things I’ve wanted to do for awhile than I’ve been able to do for the last ten years. So it’s been a lot of fun.”

On if he’d consider taking a college job if it were the right fit:

“I’d look at anything. I enjoy the NFL though. The competition, you’re going against the best week in and week out. But I would never say, hey, there’s no possible way I’d go to college because I’ve had ten years of great experience at the collegiate level.”

On if he thinks the media coverage surrounding his firing was fair and accurate of what actually transpired:

“Yeah, to be honest with you, any time you’re with an organization for 21 years, you’ve been to a number of Super Bowls, you’ve been to, I don’t know, seven or eight AFC Championship Games, you enjoy the time that you had. So I’m always a guy that looks at the positives. It’s been a great run – twenty something years with the Denver Broncos as an assistant coach or head coach. We’ve been able to do a lot of things and look back at the memories. And now I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”

On if he’s thought about what team might be a good fit when there’s so many friends and colleagues currently holding the jobs that he might be interested in:

“Well, to be honest with you, I don’t even think about that. There’s going to be some jobs that open, just like my job did this year. I’m just going to do the things I’ve done my whole life – study the game. You know, there might not be a job that opens this year. I’ve got three years still left on my contract, so I don’t have to jump in to a job. If it’s the right job that works out for the organization, the ownership, works out for me, hey, if it works out well, I’ll take advantage of the opportunity. If not, you sit back, and when it does come, you are ready to go. You’re well rested.”

Listen here to Shanahan on Fox Sports Radio

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