Originally Posted by SleepingTiger
I remember listening to Nalen talking about how he was for sure Elway would of played another 2-3 years if Shanahan would of stepped down. Nails said Elway didn't like the way Shanahan was so stubborn and it caused conflicts between the two.
I am a big fan of Elway and Shanahan. If it wasn't for Shanahan, Elway would of never go to another superbowl much less winning one. Because of this, I don't think Nalen is correct. Elway has much confidence in Shanahan and his system. However, I don't doubt Shanahan being stubborn, but not to a point where it caused Elway to retire.
Clearly Elway loves the Broncos and Pat Bowlen, there is a reason he stayed away from Dove Valley until Shanahan left. I would not be surprised if Bowlen consulted with Elway before firing Mike and Elway gave Mike a thumbs down.