John Elway: “Football is built from the ground up,” and so is Vic Fangio

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Why did Broncos General Manager John Elway hire new head coach Vic Fangio? Elway says it’s all about the basic building blocks of assembling a football team.

Elway said in introducing Fangio today that he thinks the Broncos need a coach who gets back to basics, and that’s what Fangio does.

“The game in the NFL is changing but I believe the things that still are about what football is all about is what Vic Fangio is all about,” Elway said. “Football is still built from the ground up and I think Vic is built from the ground up. What do I mean by that? Discipline, accountability, he holds his team to high standards, emphasis on teaching technique, fundamentals, blocking, tackling. Those are all the basis of what the NFL is still about, even though the game is changing.”

Fangio is the fourth head coach Elway has hired since taking over the Broncos’ front office, following John Fox, Gary Kubiak and Vance Joseph. If Fangio doesn’t re-build the Broncos, Elway probably won’t get a fifth coach.

19 responses to “John Elway: “Football is built from the ground up,” and so is Vic Fangio

  1. Fangio has paid his dues and I hope it works out for him. I just hope that Elway can stay out of the guy’s way and let him do his job. Nothing worse than a boss who micromanages everything that you do.

  2. It’s kind of ironic that Fangio moved into the house that John Fox built in Chicago and now he’s moving into the house that John Fox built in Denver. Maybe Fangio should give Fox a cut.

  3. He is 100% correct here. And despite Vance’s background, the Broncos the last couple of years played with very little discipline. In 2017 they were the 10th most penalized team and in 2018 they were second only to the Chiefs. I’m hoping Vic gets them to play a less penalized brand of football. I think it’s a great hire and am hoping for nothing but the best for Vic.

  4. For all the folks commenting on Elways QB and coach struggles, keep in mind only 2 of the QBs were high picks and he’s fired 2 coaches. Fox was fired after tanking in playoffs to get Bears job and Joseph was fired due to no clue on time and situational management. Not saying Fangio will work out but the talk about Elway failing on coaches and QBs is quite misguided. Not many folks hit on QBs in 6th and 7th round like Trevor and Chad Kelly so we’re really only talking about Lynch and Osweiler.

  5. pmontague92 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    For all the folks commenting on Elways QB and coach struggles, keep in mind only 2 of the QBs were high picks and he’s fired 2 coaches. Fox was fired after tanking in playoffs to get Bears job and Joseph was fired due to no clue on time and situational management. Not saying Fangio will work out but the talk about Elway failing on coaches and QBs is quite misguided. Not many folks hit on QBs in 6th and 7th round like Trevor and Chad Kelly so we’re really only talking about Lynch and Osweiler.

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    Very true. I was even thinking about Osweiler. While he didnt become a franchise QB, he was a big reason they got to the playoffs to win the super bowl. And they never gave him that huge contract like the Texans. So he served his purpose as a second round pick

    I chalk Paxton to easily be his biggest blunder as a GM by far. Man he sucked lol

  6. Why the hell would you want to change the GM position after winning 5 division titles, 2 AFC Championship games, and 1 Super Bowl? He built one of the best offenses ever, then two years later, built one of the best defenses ever.

    The worst three mistakes he’s ever done was drafting Lynch, hire Joseph, and signing Keenum, and for whatever reason people want to fire him over that. You can’t really blame him for the Keenum situation, it was either overpay Cousins or give Keenum a shot, there was no one else out there.

    Just because you haven’t been to the playoffs in 3 years over the QB and HC situation doesn’t make a ton of sense, people make mistakes and I think Elway recognizes that. But for what he’s done in Denver, he deserves more opportunities.

  7. John will be with the Broncos until he decides he is done. Only those who are not true fans would ever suggest Elway is in danger of losing his position. Primarily those who were not Bronco fans in the days before John Ralston. When people were debating Steve Tensi or Don Horn. When Charley Johnson was the man in Denver. And when people in the stands would stand up and cheer a first down. Floyd Little saved the franchise but John taught us to win.

  8. John Fox last coached in 2014. It’s 2018. It is not “the house the John Fox built.” It’s a house that Reeves, Shanny, and Elway built. Then they Airbnb’ed it to a frat boy from New England with a penchant for video taping. Then the trashed house was handed over to Elway to manage with Fox as the super. The pipes started to leak, so Kubes took over until the house made him sick. Then they gave the keys to Vance who could never figure out how big the house was or how the alarm system worked. Eventually, he wound up in the dog house.

    Enter Vic Fangio. Who has been in a bunch of houses. Let’s hope he can turn this crib into a smart home and not a temporary one.

  9. Elway’s biggest mistake was hiring Vance Joesph. Gary Kubiak was able to get the Broncos to 9-7 with Siemian as his starting QB. A couple free agent signings on D along with having a similar solid draft like last year can have this team back in winning mode. Sure Bronco fans want a new young QB but the worst thing to do is force a high draft pick on a young QB who isn’t worth the pick.

  10. To Elway, signing Fangio was right choice – but I’ll bet he had the same thoughts when he hired the other defensive minded coach Joseph.
    So is maybe Elway at least part of the problem?
    Just wondering how short Fangio’s leash will be before Kubiak gets the HC nod again??

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