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How close was Kyle Shanahan to becoming the Broncos head coach?

Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro answered that question on Friday’s The Afternoon Drive.

When the names were released, Kyle Shanahan shot straight to the top. He was the man people wanted to become the 16th head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Since Vance Joseph was announced and introduced, some in Broncos Country haven’t been able to move on, accept or see why John Elway went that direction. They wanted the latest offensive mastermind with the last name Shanahan to get the gig.

On Friday’s The Afternoon Drive host Eric Goodman asked the question to co-host Les Shapiro: How close was Shanahan to getting the job?

“Closer than anyone realizes,” Shapiro said. “John Elway, to use that tired phrase now, saw Vance Joseph as a ‘leader of men.’ He wasn’t sure if Kyle Shanahan was a ‘leader of men.’

“He felt Kyle needed a year or two or three to get his head coaching legs under him. And you don’t want to hand a team that is ready to win now to a head coach who might not know how to win right now. ... (Still) The decision was made harder than John Elway thought it would be.”

Whatever side you fall on, it’s an interesting subject with fascinating insight.