Greg Robinson – Defensive Coordinator 1996-2000
1996 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 13-3
-7th pts. allowed -4th yds allowed -31 sacks -35 TOs
1997 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 12-4 *Super Bowl Champions
-6th pts. allowed -5th yds allowed -43 sacks -36 TOs
1998 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 14-2 * Super Bowl Champions
-8th pts. allowed -11th yds allowed -47 sacks -31 TOs
1999 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 6-10
-11th pts. allowed -7th yds allowed -50 sacks -37 TOs
2000 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 11-5
-23rd pts allowed -24th yds allowed -44 sacks -44 TOs
“the defense seemed to lose some of its intimidating character, and the problems were magnified by season-ending injuries to linebacker John Mobley, defensive end Alfred Williams and safety Eric Brown in 1999.Unable to put consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season, the Broncos (11-6) were vulnerable to big plays and ranked last in the league against the pass” -CBS News
Ray Rhodes – Defensive Coordinator 2001-2002
2001 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 8-8
-21st pts allowed -8th yds allowed -39 sacks -37 TOs
2002 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 9-7
-15th pts allowed -6th yds allowed -38 sacks -22 TOs
Ray Rhodes resigned from the Denver Broncos after the 2002 season due to health concerns. At the time there was varying opinions on if Rhodes was made to resign or left for the reasons cited however its hard to see Mike Shanahan forcing Rhodes out due to their relationship and improving Denver defense.
Larry Coyer- Defensive Coordinator 2003-2006
2003 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 10-6
-9th pts allowed -4th yds allowed -35 sacks -20 TOs
2004 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 10-6
-9th pts allowed -4th yds allowed -38 sacks -20 TOs
2005 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 13-3
-3th pts allowed -15th yds allowed -27 sacks -36 TOs
2006 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 9-7
-8th pts allowed -14th yds allowed -35 sacks -30 TOs
Larry Coyer was fired after the 2006 season by the Denver Broncos. His release came after a late season defensive collapse caused the Broncos to miss the playoffs. Through the first 8 games in 2006 The Broncos were led by a dominant defense giving up 46 points (7.6 ppg) in their 6 wins. The last 8 of the year were not as kind as Denver went 3-5 allowing 151 points (30.2 ppg) in their 5 loses. Mike Shanahan determined a defense that allowed 19 ppg was not good enough and moved on from Coyer.
Jim Bates- Defensive Coordinator 2007
2007 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 7-9
-28th pts allowed -19th yds allowed -31 sacks -30 TOs
In 2007 the Denver Broncos Defense allowed 26 ppg, a full 7 points more than in 2006. 8 games into the 2007 season Shanahan diminished Bates role in the defense and gave the duties to his right hand man Bob Slowik. After the season Mike Shanahan informed Bates he would no longer be the defensive coordinator but could stay on staff to coach the Linebackers if he liked. Bates declined and resigned from the Denver Broncos.
“Jim Bates. I didn’t fire Jim from the organization,” Shanahan said. “I made a decision to go in a different direction with Bob (Slowik) calling plays, but Jim had a chance to stay on our staff. That’s a big difference between getting fired.”- Denver Post
Bob Slowik- Defensive Coordinator 2008
2008 Denver Broncos (Shanahan) Team Record 8-8
-30th pts allowed -29th yds allowed -25 sacks -13 TOs
Following the 2008 season Mike Shanahan was fired as Head Coach of the Denver Broncos.
It’s not clear how it contributed to his firing, but the Rocky Mountain News reported on Tuesday night that Bowlen asked Shanahan to make another change at defensive coordinator — this time cutting loose Bob Slowik. Shanahan reportedly refused. He had said after Sunday’s loss that he would not fire another defensive coordinator.
This year, as the defense floundered, it became obvious it wasn’t just a coaching problem. It was an issue of talent on the field, and in Denver, the buck stopped with Shanahan.- ESPN
Jim Haslett- Defensive Coordinator 2010-
2010 Washington Redskins (Shanahan) Team Record 6-10
-21st pts allowed -31st yds allowed -29 sacks -27 TOs
2011 Washington Redskins (Shanahan) Team Record 5-11
-21st pts allowed -13th yds allowed -40 sacks -21 TOs
2012 Washington Redskins (Shanahan) Team Record 3-5
-28th pts allowed -29th yds allowed -13 sacks -16 TOs
(*Thru 8 games so far)
Check out Enough Is Enough And It’s Time for a Change by KC Clyburn for a look at Haslett’s time in DC.
Looking at Mike Shanahans history he has fired defensive coordinators who put better defenses on the field than Jim Haslett. Look at Greg Robinson and Larry Coyer such as, Both had a history of success but were fired after 1 bad season. Shanahan has made a mid-season change to his defensive coaches once in his career choosing to remove play calling duties from Jim Bates and giving them to Bob Slowik.
History shows Mike Shanahan has had a quick hook for defensive coordinators over his career. Rumors are out there that after the season Jim Haslett will be replaced.History supports that Shanahan has not held on to a coordinator in charge of a struggling defense very long. Unless Shanahan lays the blame for the defensive issues on his personnel moves, Jim Haslett wont be the defensive coordinator in 2013.