ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos has been the first coach to be the first coach since 2008.
Shanahan, who was 146-91 (including playoffs) ) in 14 seasons as the Broncos coach and a two-time Super Bowl winner, was fired by then-owner Pat Bowlen after team's 8-8 finish in 2008. Shanahan had attended several team-based functions through the years, including games, and ceremony it he honored the Super Bowl winners and the dedication of the team's fieldhouse, but this was the first time he had been at the team's practice field since he was the coach
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"I was glad to have Mike here. , "Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. "I invited him for the spring work, and the schedules were never matched up, but I was glad he was here, I think it was good he was here, and Mike's got a big part in the rich history of this franchise. here any time he wants. "
Broncos president of football operations / general manager John Elway and offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello also had hands in arranging the visit. Ella had talked extensively with Shanahan about a potential return in recent years, but it did not come to fruition.  Scangarello worked with Kyle Shanahan, Mike's son, with both Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers.
Shanahan arrived Saturday shortly after the practice had started and quickly moved to his usual vantage point behind the team's offense. He spoke with Elway and others during the practice before going inside the team's complex to see the staff members who still remain in his time with the team
Fangio, who said they went back "far as competitors, but not long as friends;
Broncos defensive co-ordinator Ed Donatell was on Shanahan's staff from 1995 to 1999, and assistant offensive line coach Chris Kuper was a Shanahan draft pick in 2006. Trainer Steve Antonopulos, who will be Bowlen's presenter for his Hall of Fame enshrinement next month, was also with the team during Shanahan's entire tenure