By the time we got him, Travis Henry had received two strikes for failed weed tests and Shanahan knew another would result in a one-year suspension. "I've had my problems but I'm walking a straight line now," he told the Denver Post in an article they ran with the above picture in March. Doesn't he kind of look high there?
Shanahan allowed the Broncos to give the washed up Simeon Rice $3 million and then cut him eight games later. That money comes off next year’s salary cap. Check out this quote four games in where the man accurately assessed his own contribution to the team in an interview with the Denver Post: "A farce. It was a faulty me. You haven't seen the real Simeon Rice. That hasn't been me out there."
He traded a 6th rounder in next year’s draft for Jimmy Kennedy, a player St. Louis was happy to unload, and then cut him a month later in training camp.
He hired Jim Bates.
Rather than trusting Cutler to make a winning throw against Green Bay, Shanahan called a conservative quarterback draw, hoping he would fool the Packers' defense. He didn’t and they lost on the first play of overtime.
Two Denver timeouts led to ten points for the Titans: three in the second quarter on a field goal after a timeout, and a touchdown in the third quarter after the Titans challenged a yardage spot after a Denver timeout.
The Broncos still won the game against the Titans. But seriously...
After the Bears game, Shanahan told the Rocky Mountain News, "Anytime you feel like you have a game won and you give it back it sticks with you a lot of years. I go back to Seattle a decade ago and it still sticks."
With an emotional memory like that, you would think he would have made sure nobody kicked the ball to Devin Hester.