Mike Shanahan Bio, Wife, Son, Net Worth, Broncos, 49ers and Redskins

Mike Shanahan Biography

Mike Shanahan (Full name- Michael Edward Shanahan) is an American football coach who was born on August 24, 1952, Oak Park, Illinois, U.S. He was the head coach for the Los Angeles Raiders, Denver Broncos, and Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) for a total of 20 seasons. Shanahan led the Broncos to consecutive Super Bowl victories in XXXII and XXXIII, which were the franchise’s first two NFL titles during his 14 seasons with the team.

Mike Shanahan Wife

Mike Shanahan got married to his girlfriend Peggy Shanahan in 1976. The couple has children two children Kyle Shanahan and Krystal Shanahan. Kyle Shanahan is the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers’.

Mike Shanahan Son

Mike Shanahan is the father of Kyle Michael Shanahan, an American football coach who is the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. Previously, Kyle Shanahan served as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, whose offense led the league in points scored in 2016 and helped the team reach Super Bowl.

Mike Shanahan Age

Mike Shanahan was born on August 24, 1952, Oak Park, Illinois. He has been a coach in the NFL for a total of 20 seasons. Shanahan is 66 years old as of 2018.

Mike Shanahan Broncos

Mike Shanahan’s success with the 49ers earned him a head coaching spot once more in 1995, this time back in Denver with the Broncos. He led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl championships in the 1997 and 1998 seasons, during which time the Broncos set a then-record for victories in two seasons.

The Broncos set the NFL record for victories by going 46–10 over a three-year span between 1996–1998. In 1998, the Broncos won their first 13 games on their way to a 14–2 mark. Shanahan, taking his cue from West Coast offense guru Bill Walsh, was well known for scripting the first 15 offensive plays of the game, and helped the 1998 Broncos set an NFL record for first quarter points scored in a season. Mike Shanahan passed Dan Reeves in 2005, as the winningest coach in franchise history.

Shanahan is known for a run-heavy variation of the West Coast offense he coached in San Francisco. He has often found unheralded running backs from later rounds of the annual NFL Draft and then turned them into league-leading rushers behind small-but-powerful offensive lines. Examples of this phenomenon are Terrell Davis, Mike Anderson, Olandis Gary, Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns and Tatum Bell, all of whom have had at least one 1,000-yard season in a Denver uniform during Mike Shanahan’s tenure.

With the assistance of writer Adam Schefter in 1999, Shanahan wrote Think Like a Champion, a motivational book about leadership. It was published by Harper Collins. Mike Shanahan cooperated with Stefan Fatsis’s endeavor to spend a year as a Broncos place-kicker in 2006, and much of the resulting book A Few Seconds of Panic (2008) covers Shanahan’s coaching from the player’s point of view.

After Elway’s retirement and Davis’ career-ending injuries, Shanahan went seven years without a playoff win (including three seasons when the Broncos failed to qualify for the postseason), a drought which caused criticism from fans. The playoff drought ended during the 2005–06 postseason when the Broncos defeated the two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs at Invesco Field at Mile High. However, the victory would be Shanahan’s last playoff win as a head coach.

After the 2008 NFL season, Mike Shanahan was fired following a collapse that caused the Broncos to miss the playoffs for a third consecutive year. Although the Broncos held an 8–5 record by Week 14 and would have won the AFC West with one more victory, the team lost their remaining three games and the 8–8 San Diego Chargers won the division on a tiebreaker.

Mike Shanahan 49ers

Mike Shanahan was hired as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers in 1992, under Head Coach George Seifert, capping his rise with a victory in Super Bowl XXIX after the 1994 season. His years under Seifert placed him in the Bill Walsh coaching tree. While coaching for the 49ers, Shanahan added to the ongoing feud between him and Raiders owner Al Davis in 1994, when he had then QB Elvis Grbac throw a football at Davis’ head, which missed by a few inches as Davis was able to dodge it just in time, afterwards Davis responded with an obscene gesture.

Mike Shanahan's Photo
Shanahan’s Photo

Mike Shanahan Redskins

Mike Shanahan was formally introduced as the Redskins’ 24th full-time head coach on January 5, 2010. As part of the deal, he was also named vice president of football operations, with the final say on football matters. Shanahan was one of several coaches who also had the title or powers of general manager, along with New England’s Bill Belichick and others. Mike Shanahan was signed to a five-year, $35 million contract. Bruce Allen was named the team’s general manager Several months earlier. Shanahan and Allen split the duties held by a general manager, with Shanahan having the final say. This model is similar to how Belichick and Scott Pioli worked during their eight years in New England.

On December 30, 2013, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder fired Shanahan. This was after the team finished 3–13 in the 2013 season, and was in last place in the NFC East division three of four seasons.

Mike Shanahan Raiders

In 1988, Mike Shanahan was hired by the Raiders to replace longtime Raiders coach Tom Flores. He was the Raiders’ first head coach hired from outside the organization since Davis himself 23 years earlier. Shanahan (who proved very unpopular with the players) and the micromanaging Davis clashed almost immediately, and this was only exacerbated after the Raiders finished a disappointing 7–9, losing four of their last five games.

Tensions increased towards the end of the season when wide receivers coach and Shanahan loyalist Nick Nicolau got into a heated argument with assistant coach Art Shell (a Davis loyalist) in which Nicolau reportedly accused Shell of only having a job by virtue of his friendship with Davis. When Shell went to Davis later to ask if this was true, Davis’ response was to immediately fire Nicolau. Shanahan responded by firing running backs coach Joe Scannella and offensive coordinator Tom Walsh (both Davis hires), but Davis ordered them both back to work.

Mike Shanahan fired defensive assistants Willie Brown and Charlie Sumner at the end of the season. An enraged Davis re-hired Brown to a different position in the organization. When the Raiders began 1–3 in 1989, Shanahan himself was fired and replaced by Shell. Shanahan’s final Raiders record was 8–12 in less than two seasons, going 2–7 after a 6–5 start.

Mike Shanahan Past Teams Coached

  • Los Angeles Raiders (1988-1989)
  • San Francisco 49ers (1992-1994)
  • Denver Broncos (1995-2008)
  • Washington Redskins (2010-2013)

Mike Shanahan Net Worth

Mike Shanahan is an American football coach and former football player who has a net worth of $30 million. Mike Shanahan was born August 24, 1952 in Oak Park, Illinois.

Mike Shanahan Book

In the book Think Like a Champion, Mike Shanahan opens his playbook to show the X’s and O’s of winning, a detailed game plan to help you storm the field with foolproof strategies, confidence, and the indomitable will to win. Shanahan’s principles of success are as deceptively simple as they are challenging:

  • “Preparation is key.” Having prepared for every possible contingency, Shanahan expects to win every game he plays. He’s usually right.
  • “Whatever the sacrifice, it is worth the price of pursuing your passion.” Give every game everything you’ve got, or don’t bother to suit up.
  • “Break down the competition’s weakness and learn from their strengths.” There’s a system to studying game films, to observing your competitors on their home field before the big game. Apply it every time you enter a new market, pitch to a new customer, or face a critical decision.
  •  “Pick great leaders and give them the power to inspire.” There’s a John Elway on your team. Give him the ball, and let him lead.
  •  “Set huge goals.” Hey, this isn’t going to be easy. “It’s about work ethic and balance.” In short, it’s about believing that achieving the impossible is all in a day’s work.