Brandon McManus mad Vic Fangio didn’t let him try record-setting field goal

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Just before halftime on Sunday in Denver, Broncos kicker Brandon McManus walked onto the field prepared to attempt a 65-yard field goal. And then he walked off the field, at the orders of head coach Vic Fangio.

Fangio said after the game that he declined to let McManus try the field goal because he has seen extra-long attempts mess up kickers’ mechanics. McManus was angry about it, throwing his helmet and yelling at the sideline, and after the game he said he wanted a shot at the record.

I know I can make the kick,” McManus said, via ESPN. “And this is a storied game that I grew up watching, and it was a dream of mine to play in this league — and if I was able to have my name mentioned as the longest field goal in NFL history, [I] would love that. That’s why I would have loved to kick that attempt.”

After halftime, McManus walked onto the field, placed the ball at the 45-yard line and booted a 65-yard field goal through the uprights. McManus is hoping that by showing Fangio he can do it in warmups, he’ll get Fangio to let him do it in a game.

17 responses to “Brandon McManus mad Vic Fangio didn’t let him try record-setting field goal

  1. After halftime, McManus walked onto the field, placed the ball at the 45-yard line and booted a 65-yard field goal through the uprights. McManus is hoping that by showing Fangio he can do it in warmups, he’ll get Fangio to let him do it in a game.

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    Did he do it with opposing defenders on the field rushing at him? If not then it doesn’t mean squat. He’s only 48% beyond 50+ yards and long is 57 yards, so considering this is a 65 yard attempt, I think he would have a very slim to no chance. Why risk something going wrong?

  2. Any kicking records that ever take place in Denver should come with an asterisk because of the high altitude.

  3. “Why risk something going wrong?”

    What risk – that the Broncos might have a kick blocked, lose the game and miss the playoffs?

  4. @ ackattack22 says: Any kicking records that ever take place in Denver should come with an asterisk because of the high altitude.

    In that case, any record of any kind (punt, FG, PAF, TD-passing or running) taking place indoors should also come with an asterisk as those are artificial environments.

  5. Jason Hanson used to kick ’em 80 yards through the uprights… off a tee, in warmups. The real game, with a holder, and defenders, and outstretched hands, is a very different thing.

  6. Nowadays, I guess that if a kicker is good, he can be a little too big for his britches.
    Years ago, a kicker who voiced displeasure wouldn’t be on the team for long… (Mike Vanderjagt).

  7. A little self-absorbed on McManus’ part to be whining about that on a day when the Broncos actually won a game. With that said, I can’t think of much that’s appealing to me about Vic Fangio as a head coach and decision-maker in any way. The sooner he flushes out of the Broncos organization the better off they’ll be down the road.

  8. I’m with the kicker. I’m tired of the 3-year run in which this team is content to play a close, low-scoring game.

    Screw that. Play to win.

  9. I don’t know how long was left on the clock on this particular play, but if it was one of those with time expiring, then kicking it is a no-brainer.
    If however there was a risk of the chargers getting it back, then the Coach has to manage 5e situation how he sees fit.

  10. It’s this kind of timidity by the Bronco’s coaching staff that has me seeing red. Fangio and the OC (I can’t spell his name – Scangarello?) have both shown repeatedly they’re in over their heads. Fangio, like Wade Phillips before him, may be an excellent DC but he’s not head coach material. And Scangarello – he needs a lot more seasoning. Either way, both of ’em need to be gone. And it’s probably high time John Elway looked for a different line of work as well. He will always be a favorite son in the Mile High City, but as a player – not a GM.

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