Former Broncos Coach Shanahan Visits Foxboro

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August 04, 2009 at 11:45am ET

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As pointed out earlier today by member jays52 in our forum, former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was at Patriots training camp this morning, and was seen spending time speaking with Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese and owner Robert Kraft at the practice.

According to Mike Reiss (via Twitter) he addressed the Pats briefly after stretching drills. Reiss also spoke to quarterback Brian Hoyer who told him that head coach Bill Belichick told the players Shanahan was here not as a media member or coach but out of mutual respect, and spoke of some great battles against Shanahan over the years.

The Broncos are one of the few teams that Tom Brady has struggled against during his tenure as Patriots QB, including one of his only playoff losses back in 2006 where they lost to the Broncos in Denver 27-13. That was Brady's first ever playoff loss, and their first playoff loss since Jan. 3, 1999, which was a 25-10 first round exit against Jacksonville.