Denver Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan Fired

Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan has been fired.

This is the release sent to the KKTV 11 Newsroom Tuesday afternoon:

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen today relieved Mike Shanahan from his position as Executive Vice President of Football Operations/Head Coach of the National Football League team, effective immediately.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen issued the following statement: “After giving this careful consideration, I have concluded that a change in our football operations is in the best interests of the Denver Broncos. This is certainly a difficult decision, but one that I feel must be made and which will ultimately be in the best interests of all concerned.”

Bowlen added, “I appreciate the 21 years that Mike Shanahan has given to the organization as an assistant and head coach, and the two Super Bowl wins in that time. His contributions hold a special place in Broncos history.”

Pat Bowlen will hold a press conference at the Denver Broncos’ headquarters on Wednesday at 11 a.m., and Mike Shanahan will meet the press shortly thereafter.

There's a lot of mixed reaction among fans, but most can agree that they didn't see it coming, despite how the end of the season turned out.

"It's time for a change," said Tim Emert, who follows the NFL closely.

"What is the plan? What are they going to do next?" questioned Jacob Foran. He says he's a die-hard fan with the tattoos to prove it. He wonders who will take over.

There has been speculation about who will be the replacement. Some fans have mentioned Gary Kubiak and John Elway. No official word from the Broncos owner who will take over.