Denver Broncos Fire Mike Shanahan
Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that Shanahan was fired today despite having three years and $20 million left on his contract.
Shanahan, who has won two Super Bowl rings in Denver, was the longest-serving coach in franchise history, had a close relationship with owner Pat Bowlen and was thought to be untouchable. But apparently collapsing over the final weeks of the season was too much for even Shanahan to survive.
The 2008 Broncos are the first team in NFL history to have a three-game lead in their division with three weeks to play and end up missing the playoffs.