Vic Fangio drew Bryce Callahan to Denver

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Cornerback Bryce Callahan has joined the Broncos, and the reason for it is simple: Vic Fangio has become the head coach of the Broncos.

“There were a couple of teams involved in the second wave of free agency,” Callahan told reporters after signing with Denver. “The Broncos were always my top pick because of Fangio and [defensive coordinator] Ed [Donatell]. I felt comfortable in this system. I’ve been playing with them for a couple of years. I feel like I won’t have to be learning a whole new system. I can just get in and go. That’s kind of why I chose here. Denver is a nice place. I had some friends play for the Broncos and they had nothing but good things to say. It wasn’t really a hard decision.”

So what is it about Fangio?

“Coach Vic just knows how to call the right plays,” Callahan said. “I don’t know what it is, he has us in the right position. He really makes it easy for the defense. . . . You want to make plays for [him]. He calls the right plays at the right time. You just want to go out there and lay it on the line for him.”

That doesn’t mean Fangio has given up a sensible, old-school approach to football.

“Tackling is really important,” Callahan said. “Coach Vic harps on it. We watch a lot of tackling film during the season. If your secondary can’t tackle, then you’re not going to have a good run defense because there is nobody behind us. It’s very important for the secondary to tackle and Coach Vic makes that be known.”

Coach Vic now has a former pupil who can help the Broncos’ defense play more like the Bears’ defense did last year, which would be good for Coach Vic, Bryce Callahan, and everyone else in Denver.

9 responses to “Vic Fangio drew Bryce Callahan to Denver

  1. Because Fangio makes the secondary look amazing by getting the front four to the QB. He made Carlos Rogers and Tarrel Brown look amazing in SF. It was really Justin smith and Aldon doing the work.

  2. I’m sure the 3 yr, 21 million contract despite being an oft injured nickel corner didn’t hurt either. Playing with the 2 men that you’ve had your most success under is icing on the cake.

  3. Hopefully this is the start of Elway figuring out this whole GM thing. The team’s greatest needs were OL and CB and he addressed both areas with his first moves. Harris Jr, Jackson, and Callahan is a nice group of CBs. SS is a concern, but if Yiadom shows promise, then Jackson can move to SS.

  4. Vic Fangio will be calling the plays from the sidelines, rather than from up in a box as in the past, while also managing all of the other tasks and sideline chaos as a head coach. It’s encouraging to hear Bryce Callahan’s respect for “Coach Vic…” although he left out the 21 million other reasons that were “kind of why I chose” Denver.

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