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Family ties make Broncos-Texans compelling

Although the Broncos and Texans are on the verge of playoff elimination, Thursday night's game is compelling because of the principals involved, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: December 12, 2007
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Thursday night's game between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans is truly a family affair.

Denver's Mike Shanahan developed current Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as he would his own son. Shanahan taught him the tricks of the coaching trade. He taught him his version of the West Coast offense. He taught Kubiak his creative, successful running game schemes. He took him from quarterback to quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. When Shanahan thought he was ready, ...

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