Mike Shanahan Agrees to Extension

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and head coach Mike Shanahan have come to terms on a contract extension that will keep the 54-year old coach in the Mile High city through the 2011 season.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan has signed a three-year contract extension through the 2011 season, Broncos President and Chief Executive Officer Pat Bowlen announced Monday.

Shanahan in 2007 begins his 13th season as head coach of the Broncos, a franchise that has posted the NFL's best regular-season record (123-69 / .641) since he was named head coach on Jan. 31, 1995. The second-longest tenured head coach with his current team in the NFL, Shanahan's 123 regular-season wins with the Broncos mark the 11th most by one coach with one team in NFL history.

The 54-year-old has led Denver to two Super Bowl victories (XXXII in 1997 and XXXIII in 1998), seven trips to the postseason and nine winning seasons in 12 years as its head coach. Shanahan has a 131-74 (.639) overall record as the Broncos' head coach that includes an 8-5 mark in the postseason, and he has helped Denver lead the NFL in points (4,759), total yards (69,186) and rushing yards (27,174) since 1995.

In addition, Shanahan is one of only three coaches in the 87-year history of professional football with more championships than losing seasons with one team among those with at least 10 years with that club. Shanahan (2 championships, 1 losing season with Denver) joins Pro Football Hall of Fame coaches Paul Brown (3 championships, 1 losing season with Cleveland) and John Madden (1 championship, 0 losing seasons with Oakland) with that distinction.

Shanahan also in 2006 tied for the third-most regular-season wins (125) by a coach through his first 200 games in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). His 108 overall victories with Denver through the 2004 season tied for the fourth most by a coach with one team through his first 10 seasons with that club.

Shanahan, who was the Los Angeles Raiders' head coach from 1988-89, enters the 2007 season ranked 17th in NFL history (third among active coaches) in career victories with 139. His career head coaching record is 139-86 (.618) and includes a 131-81 (.618) mark in the regular season and an 8-5 (.615) record in the postseason.

The 2007 season marks Shanahan's 20th on the Broncos' coaching staff, tying him with former assistant Joe Collier (1969-88) for the most years of service on Denver's coaching staff. Shanahan spent seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Broncos before he was named head coach, serving as offensive coordinator (1985-87, '91), quarterbacks coach (1989-90) and wide receivers coach (1984) for the franchise.



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