DENVER (AP) — Redskins coach Mike Shanahan received both a warm welcome and a rude reception Sunday in his first game in Denver since the Broncos fired him after the 2008 season.
More than 75,000 Broncos fans got to their feet before kickoff to salute the man who brought the city its two Super Bowl wins in his 14 seasons as head coach.
The Broncos showed a half-minute tribute to Shanahan on their giant video screen in the south end zone before kickoff.
That was about as hospitable as his hosts would get, however.
After spotting the Redskins a 21-7 lead, the Broncos scored the game's final 38 points for a 45-21 blowout that sent the Redskins home with a 2-5 record and a battered quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was sacked three times and knocked down on 15 other drop-backs.
More than an hour before kickoff, Shanahan shared a private moment on the field with his former QB John Elway, now the Broncos' executive vice president, with whom he won two rings in the late 1990s.
"We had a good conversation," Shanahan said after the game. "I talked to him for about five minutes when I was out there at midfield as we were warming up. It was good to see him, and he's doing a heck of a job."
Only five players remain on the Broncos roster from Shanahan's time in Denver, including three — Champ Bailey, Ryan Clady and Chris Kuper — who were out with injuries. The others are linebacker Wesley Woodyard and kicker Matt Prater.
Shanahan was greeted with plenty of hugs and handshakes after the game.
"I went up to him and told him I love him and he was like father when he was here to everybody on the team," Woodyard said. "He told me he was proud of me and to keep playing hard and it was just good to see him."
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