The two-time Super Bowl winner brings a 146-98 regular season record as an NFL head coach over 14 seasons. He is one of 12 head coaches in league history to guide a club to a pair of Super Bowl victories and one of six to accomplish the feat in consecutive years.
Shanahan has the 17th-most regular season wins (146) by a head coach in NFL history and ranks second in that category among active coaches (Bill Belichick – 148). Including eight postseason victories, Shanahan’s 154 overall wins are tied for 16th all-time and are also second among active coaches to Belichick’s 163. In 16 seasons as a head coach with the Denver Broncos (1995-2008) and the Los Angeles Raiders (1988-89), Shanahan has a regular season winning percentage of .598 (146-98) and an overall winning percentage of .615 (154-103).
During his tenure with the Broncos, Shanahan guided the franchise to two Super Bowl victories, three conference championship game appearances, seven postseason berths and nine winning seasons. He joined Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Chuck Noll, Jimmy Johnson and Belichick as one of six coaches with back-to-back Super Bowl championships. In his 14 seasons in Denver, the Broncos offense ranked in the top five in the NFL nine times.
During his 25-year NFL coaching career, Shanahan has been a part of teams that have played in 10 AFC or NFC Championship Games. He has coached in six Super Bowls – five with Denver and Super Bowl XXIX with San Francisco . In his nine seasons coaching at the collegiate level, Shanahan’s teams participated in eight bowl games and won two national championships (Oklahoma – 1975 and Eastern Illinois – 1978).
Shanahan, 57, led Denver to 138 regular-season victories in 14 seasons in Denver , a win total that marks the 10th-most by a head coach with one franchise in NFL history. Among the nine coaches who have more wins with one club than Shanahan, all eight who are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame have been honored with membership.
Shanahan arrived as head coach in Denver in 1995 from the World Champion San Francisco 49ers, where he served as offensive coordinator for three seasons (1992-94). The 49ers offense reached unprecedented levels under his leadership. San Francisco ’s three-year offensive averages under Shanahan’s direction were the most productive in the history of pro football. His three-year averages included being number one in the NFL in total points (an average of 469.7 per year), total touchdowns (60.3), rushing touchdowns (23.7), passing touchdowns (31.7), third-down efficiency (48.5%), total offense (6,230 yds.) and average yards per play (6.2).
San Francisco quarterback Steve Young re-wrote many NFL passing records and was named the NFL Most Valuable Player twice in his three years under Shanahan’s guidance. In addition, Young threw for six touchdowns on his way to earning Super Bowl XXIX Most Valuable Player honors.
Shanahan was on the Broncos coaching staff for all three of their Super Bowl appearances in the 1980s (following the 1986, 1987 and 1989 seasons). He first went to Denver in 1984 as the club’s wide receivers coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in1985 and would serve the next three seasons in that capacity. Shanahan then returned to Denver as quarterbacks coach on Oct. 16, 1989, after serving as head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988 and through the first four games of the 1989 campaign.
Shanahan began his coaching career as an offensive assistant for Oklahoma in 1975-76, and the school won the national championship in his first year on its staff. In 1977, at the age of 24, he was hired as Northern Arizona ’s backfield coach and the Lumberjacks averaged a school-record 391.1 yards per game that season. A year later, Shanahan returned to Eastern Illinois as offensive coordinator and helped guide his alma mater to the Division II title. The year before Shanahan’s arrival, the team was 1-10. In 1979, he served as offensive coordinator at Minnesota , where he implemented the run-and-shoot offense to help the Golden Gophers set 40 school offensive records.
Shanahan moved on to Florida the following year, inheriting the second poorest offense in Division I football as well as a team record of 0-10-1. In Shanahan’s four years at Florida , the team broke many offensive school records and went to four consecutive bowl games. During his stint as a college coach, his teams had a combined record of 78-29-2 (.725).
A native of Oak Park , Ill. (8/24/52), Michael Edward Shanahan attended East Leyden High School in Franklin Park , Ill. He received a scholarship to Eastern Illinois University , where he played quarterback and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Shanahan and his wife, Peggy, have two children – son Kyle and daughter Krystal. Kyle is a graduate of the University of Texas and is the Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator. Krystal also is a graduate of the University of Texas .