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Pete Carroll almost became the Broncos defensive coordinator in 1995

According to Al Michaels on TNF, Mike Shanahan almost lured Carroll to Denver to join his new coaching staff.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

If you watched TNF this week, there was a bit of Denver Broncos news dropped in the second half.

Obviously when Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers play there will always be mentions of his dad Mike and the Broncos.

But this one from Al Michaels was a stop-you-in-your-tracks, “WTF, really?” news drop.

I don’t remember the exact moment, but Michaels brought up Pete Carroll’s coaching history. This is when Michaels mentioned Mike Shanahan being hired by the Broncos in 1995.

According to Michaels, Carroll was this close to becoming Denver’s defensive coordinator in ‘95. But a last-second call by George Seifert tugged at Carroll’s heartstrings, since Carroll grew up in the Bay Area, and he decided to go to the San Francisco 49ers for the same position.

I had never heard that before.

Obviously, it worked out just fine for Shanahan and the Broncos. Greg Robinson guided the defense en route to back-to-back Super Bowls.

But it’s always fascinating to think about what could have been. And how things may have changed/gone differently if Carroll had decided to join Shanahan’s staff in Denver.

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