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Mike Shanahan deserves his place in the Hall of Fame

A lot of focus is on Randy Gradishar (rightfully) but let’s not forget about Shanahan getting his rightful look.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

Mike Shanahan changed the NFL.

And he’s still doing it (look at the coaches in the NFL right now who are from his tree. I believe it’s five).

But what he did for offense in the NFL is without question. People still talk about the zone running scheme that Alex Gibbs and Shanahan used with the Denver Broncos.

There’s also that little thing of winning back-to-back Super Bowls.

That alone should get Shanahan into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And the old, “if he coached anywhere else, he would already be in.”

Dick Vermeil got in before Shanahan? Really?

For all of the talk of former Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar finally getting his rightful place in Canton, let’s forget about Shanahan. Who is just as deserving of getting a serious look.

Broncos fandom aside, Shanahan is one of the best coaches in the history of the NFL. Yes, there was a drop-off in success after Elway retired and the debacle in Washington. For the latter, consider who the owner is.

There’s still the whole “league-changing offensive system and back-to-back Super Bowls.”

Put Shanahan in the Hall of Fame.

I’ll add a quick caveat: Dan Reeves should already be in. The fact Reeves isn’t mentioned in the same discussion as Marv Levy is crazy. What Reeves accomplished with the Broncos is just as impressive as what Levy did with the Bills. And Denver wasn’t in the same universe when it comes to Buffalo in the talent pool, especially offensively.

While Reeves is a semifinalist in 2023, I fear he’ll fall into the Louis Wright and Karl Mecklenberg category and never get his rightful place.

Anyway, put Shanahan in the Hall of Fame.

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