ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Despite missing the playoffs the last two seasons, the Denver Broncos on Monday gave Coach Mike Shanahan a three-year contract extension through 2008.
Shanahan, 50, who is the team's executive vice president of football operations, and President and CEO Pat Bowlen worked on the deal over the weekend. If the contract is fulfilled, Shanahan would become the longest-tenured coach in Broncos' history with 14 seasons.
"Obviously I am very comfortable and very happy about it," Bowlen said in a release. "I've always felt that Mike was certainly the best head coach for Denver, if not the best head coach, period. I'm pleased that we've got him for another six more years."
The team's winningest coach is Dan Reeves, who spent 12 seasons with Denver from 1981-1992.
The team's winningest coach is Dan Reeves, who spent 12 seasons with Denver from 1981-1992. Shanahan has led the Broncos to two Super Bowl championships, four playoff appearances, seven non-losing seasons, and an 81-47 regular-season record.
This season, he needs four wins for 100 overall victories and 11 for 100 regular-season victories. He is the first coach ever to win two Super Bowl titles in his first four years coaching a team.