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Horse Tracks -- 1/6/09


Milehighreport_small_mediumSix Super Bowls ago, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hoisted the Lombardi Trophy at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, little did anyone know that two of that team's lowest-level coaches would soon be among the hottest names in the business.

Milehighreport_small_mediumIn the past three seasons, Montrae Holland has played for three of the NFL's most ingenious offensive coaches — Sean Payton, Mike Shanahan and Jason Garrett. .

Milehighreport_small_mediumIt's one of the taboo subjects that will put a slow burn under Bob Stoops. Discussing the Broncos' coaching opening ranks right down there with Oklahoma's recent BCS bowl record among Stoops' big beefs.

Milehighreport_small_mediumAdd a sixth candidate and a third defensive coordinator to the Broncos' head coaching shortlist.  The team will interview Leslie Frazier, the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator, Wednesday afternoon at Dove Valley.


Milehighreport_small_medium After two days on the road to meet with prospective head coaching candidates, the Broncos began their home schedule for the week as Buccaneers defensive coordinator Raheem Morris met with team officials Monday

Milehighreport_small_mediumSomeday came a little more quickly than Rick Dennison thought it would.  Because while interviewing to be a head coach was something the Broncos' offensive coordinator was preparing for in recent years, to interview for that job in Denver wasn't on the radar


Milehighreport_small_medium• Mike Shanahan didn't have the talent at his disposal to do much better than 8-8 this season.  Of course, Shanahan had final say on all personnel matters, so the deficiencies on the Denver Broncos roster can be traced back to him. That's a reason Shanahan was fired after 14 seasons as Broncos coach