Mike Shanahan tells Colin what it’s like to coach a legend like John Elway on the Denver Broncos

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Joining Colin Cowherd, Mike Shanahan what it's like to coach a legendary quarterback like John Elway of the Denver Broncos.

COLIN COWHERD: You go back and you look at your relationship with John Elway. It's really-- I mean, he's there, and you're a big part of that.


COLIN COWHERD: I mean, it's really interesting. I've told people, if you're 20 years old or early 30s, you didn't see Elway.

My Elway story, it's quick. First NFL game I went to, it's Seattle Seahawks in the Kingdome. And they used to give the Raiders fits. And John Elway was there. It was a Denver game. And Elway was in a half shirt, and he was at the big 50 yard line in the Seahawk logo. And it was four hours before the game, and he was flicking his wrist down the flag. And he was hitting the flag and landing the ball. And I remember as a kid I was like, I couldn't, it was 50 yards, and it looked like he was flicking his wrist.

When you coach John and you know somebody is so smart and so talented, is it harder to coach a legend?

MIKE SHANAHAN: Be honest with you, with a guy like John, it was really easy because he wanted to be good. He wanted to be great. So if you emphasize the little things, and you did this to the whole team, not just him, and you held people accountable, he loved it. Because he only cared about one thing, and that was winning.

He was winning a Super Bowl everything else didn't matter to him. All those Super Bowls he went and we lost? I mean, he was just devastated.


MIKE SHANAHAN: Miserable, yeah.

COLIN COWHERD: Terry Bradshaw said he never lost a Super Bowl, but he lost a game against the Raiders. He said, I had go to get therapy. Like when I watched the Falcons this year, they're not over last year's Super Bowl.


COLIN COWHERD: And I think fans look at that and go, now doesn't help that Kyle Shanahan left. But was losing-- Jerry Tarkanian once told me, he goes, I can't remember eight wins. The losing got me out of the sport.

MIKE SHANAHAN: Yeah. No, it's hard. The one story I'll tell you that I haven't told very many people, but when I didn't go back to Denver-- after the '92 season, I stayed in San Francisco-- John was so mad at me. He wouldn't-- he asked me why I left. And I told John, you know, I couldn't really tell him the reasons why I didn't take that job.

But I, you know, I had to have something ready for John, because he's going to ask you, be honest with you. Little upset over the length of the contract and the money. He said, well what kind of money? I said no. He said, no, how much money is it? I said, it's a half million dollars, at least. And I'm trying to get him a reason why I was leaving because I couldn't tell him the truth. And he said, I'll give you that, no problem.

That's what he thought. He thought-- he wanted to win, and he thought I could help him. He was ready to give me the half million dollars if I would have stayed. Now he finds out about nine months later, and then we start talking again, why I really didn't come. But those are the type of things that when you run into a guy that's going to give you a half million dollars as a player, it kind of gives you an idea on how important winning was to him.

COLIN COWHERD: He would write you a check.

MIKE SHANAHAN: Yeah. He said, no. It's done. He said, do you need any cars? At that time, he owned a car dealership. So, I mean, that's the type of guy he was. And that's they way he thinks, and that's why he wins everything he's in.