Mike Shanahan and Rob Ryan Have a 5-year AFC West History

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Defensive cordinator Rob Ryan (R) talks with his brother Rex Ryan (L) of the New York Jets prior to the Jets playing against the Cowboys during their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

I received a tweet from a Redskins fan asking if I remembered the AFC history of Rob Ryan and Mike Shanahan. To be honest, I completely forgot about it until now, but Rob Ryan, of course, was the defensive coordinator for the Raiders from 2004-2008. He spent the last two years in Cleveland before upgrading to Dallas. It's hard to measure head-to-head wins from Raiders vs Broncos over that five year stretch since the Raiders QBs over that time include: Jamarcus Russell, Josh McCown, Kerry Collins, Daunte Culpepper, and Andrew Walter. But even with Oakland's offense in the gutter, Shanahan managed a 7-3 head to head win total. Not too spectacular given the Raiders' dysfunction, but here's the breakdown. In the last 4 games they've gone head to head, Rob Ryan has forced a total of 8 turnovers:

2008:
Week 1 @ OAK - Broncos 41, Raiders 14. Eddie Royal 9/146 1 TD, 0 turnovers
Week 12 @ DEN - Raiders 31, Broncos 10. 319 yards DEN offense, 2 turnovers

2007:
Week 2 @ DEN - Broncos 23, Raiders 20. 2 turnovers incl OAK Pick-6
Week 12 @ OAK - Raiders 34, Broncos 20. Denver committed 4 turnovers (2 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles)

2006:
Week 6 @ DEN - Broncos 13, Raiders 3. 246 yards offense by Denver
Week 12 @ OAK - Broncos 17, Raiders 13.

2005:
Week 10 @ OAK - Broncos 31, Raiders 17.
Week 16 @ DEN - Broncos 22, Raiders 3.

2004:
Week 6 @ OAK - Broncos 31, Raiders 3.
Week 12 @ DEN - Raiders 25, 24 Broncos.

These guys certainly know each other well. Another piece to an impossible puzzle to solve. One last tidbit, Kyle Shanahan faced Rob Ryan once while in Houston winning 19-15. The Texans won the game with 383 yards offense but also had two turnovers.

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