November 11, 2008 12:44 PM
Rookie coaches not fazed by Shanahan
Mike Smith is enjoying success in his first year as an NFL head coach, having led the Atlanta Falcons to a 6-3 record this season.
Last week in Cleveland, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan picked up his 151st win as an NFL head coach (playoffs included) in 250 career games.
So you might expect a grizzled, experienced and playoff-tested coach such as Shanahan to hold a distinct advantage over a rookie, right? Not so fast. Shanahan hasn't had much success lately with NFL coaching neophytes such as Smith.
Since 2001, Shanahan has lost seven times in 10 games against first-time NFL head coaches. The record is 4-7 if you count a win against Miami with interim coach Jim Bates in 2004.
Earlier this month, the Dolphins, with first-year coach Tony Sparano, beat Denver 26-17 at Invesco Field at Mile High . . .
To celebrate Veterans Day, the Colorado Eagles are sponsoring a Military Appreciation Night tonight at the Budweiser Events Center for their game against the Tulsa Oilers. More than 1,500 of the team's 4,000 season-ticket holders turned in their tickets to the Eagles for redistribution to military members past and present . . .
Here's tossing sour grapes on that fourth-quarter comeback by the Broncos last week, courtesy of Browns receiver Joshua Cribbs, who agreed with running back Jamal Lewis' assessment that some players quit against Denver. "When you have a team like that that comes into our house and we're capable of beating them, that's the first thing that comes to mind," Cribbs told the media. How does that make you feel, Bronco Player, being dissed as a 'team like that'?