Vic Fangio: Disappointed our QBs put us in this position

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Broncos head coach Vic Fangio found himself in the unenviable position of coaching a team without quarterbacks on Sunday and things went about as expected against the Saints.

The Broncos completed one pass for 13 yards en route to a 31-3 drubbing while having practice squad wideout Kendall Hinton and running backs taking snaps. They were the first team since 2005 to complete less than two passes in a game.

Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 this week and Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles were put on the reserve list with him because they failed to follow mask protocols while in meetings this week. Fangio shared his feelings about the quarterbacks in his postgame press conference.

“I was disappointed on a couple of levels in that our QBs put us in this position, put the league in that position,” Fangio said, via Andrew Mason of DNVR Sports. “We count on them to be the leaders of the offense, and they made a mistake … that is disappointing.”

Lock apologized for his behavior in a social media post shortly before the start of Sunday’s game.

“In a controlled and socially distanced area, we let our masking slip for a limited amount of time. An honest mistake, but one I will own,” Lock wrote. “I sincerely apologize and I fully understand why these safety precautions are so important. Doing the right thing for a majority of the time is not good enough.”

Fangio said he has a lot of love and respect for how the rest of the team competed “under some extreme circumstances” that proved to be more than the Broncos could handle.

41 responses to “Vic Fangio: Disappointed our QBs put us in this position

  1. Sounds like Fangio has a really good control with this team. Yes, that’s sarcasm. Another great Elway hire. (more sarcasm)

  2. Forget about the bus, pretty sure this guy just threw his guys under an airplane instead

  3. Did Fangio just throw his QBs under the bus? That’s the sign of a coach desperate to keep his job. My guess is the QBs aren’t the only ones who violated that rule which means Fango probably allowed it to happen. That’s not a good look for a guy whose job may be in jeopardy.

  4. They should all have been immediately cut. League should ban them indefinitely. This is far worse than some player toking on reefer.

  5. Did his quarterbacks play defense. Seems like the defense put you in a pretty bad position too.

  6. Man the QBs really screwed up. There is a chance the Broncos get hit the hardest we have seen yet. The NFL was is very upset a team had to play a game with no QBs.

  7. I’m disappointed in everything that is Denver… So there Vic…P.S Way to let your guys know you have their back Viccy boy

  8. As a human, they need to be more careful, and shame on the NFL for putting players in danger.
    As a Saints fan that watched Will Parks clearly step out of bounds last time we played, quoting the fans of 31 other teams after the ‘18 NFCCG – get over it.

  9. Where was the QB coach? Did he not have it in him to say, “Guys, put your masks on.” There, that’s pretty easy. Was he in the same meeting room as his quarterbacks?

  10. Why would the NFL put any team in a position to play a game without a QB?
    Just more Goodell tarnish on the shield.

  11. I hope Elway extends Fangio’s contract another 3 years. Gotta give him a fair shot at turning this team around!

  12. Bronco’s area total mess even without Covid-19, they dont have a QB, GM or a coach worth a blank.

  13. “In a controlled and socially distanced area, we let our masking slip for a limited amount of time. An honest mistake, but one I will own,” Lock wrote.

    Is it just me, but doesn’t it sound like he’s not owning it with this statement, lol?

  14. Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, Fonzie Fangio blames the QBs & COVOD-19, not terrible coaching.

  15. Fangio is old, but he certainly isnt old-school. Curse them (the qb’s) out in private….dont say anything about them outside of the locker room. Im 50 now and I wish I were born 50 years earlier.

  16. An honest mistake is grabbing the wrong jacket that doesn’t have your mask in it or something like that. Consciously deciding to take your mask off is a poor decision, but it’s not a mistake.

  17. Fangio isn’t blaming the QBs for the loss. He’s blaming them for putting the Broncos in a position where they had to start a WR as QB. There’s a real difference there, even if one pretty much led to the other.

  18. Too bad games can’t have asterisks….This one would certainly quality if it did. If anyone should be angry, it should be Bucs, Packers, Seahawks and Rams fans/players since they’re chasing the Saints for the #1 seed and sole bye.

  19. As an AFC West rival fan (Chiefs), it is almost indescribably wonderful to see the trainwreck that is the Denver Broncos. Please, please keep the dynamic duo of Elway and Fangio. I think they are on the right track.

  20. Stop with the coddling comments. Fangio was absolutely right to call out the QB’s. They are PROFESSIONALS-Highly Paid. They should lead by example. I’m tired of Locke apologizing every week for his mistakes. You are paid to perform, get better, and lead. Vic is absolutely right in calling them out. It seems like most of the comments in this thread assume accountability is only for those who are in charge-basically an excuse for others on the team not to do something correctly. Lock and the other QB’s should be accountable-no excuses or justifications.

  21. laxnhockey says:
    November 29, 2020 at 7:33 pm
    Why would the NFL put any team in a position to play a game without a QB?
    Just more Goodell tarnish on the shield.

    The Denver QBs put themselves in this position not the NFL, actions have consequences

  22. jodave5 says:
    November 29, 2020 at 8:15 pm
    As an AFC West rival fan (Chiefs), it is almost indescribably wonderful to see the trainwreck that is the Denver Broncos. Please, please keep the dynamic duo of Elway and Fangio. I think they are on the right track.
    ———-
    Classy.

  23. How about a hand for the kid that came in and played Qb ? What real chance did he have? But he competed. That’s worth something.

  24. “the first team since 2005 to complete less than two passes in a game”

    Anyone know what team that that was?

  25. “the first team since 2005 to complete less than two passes in a game”

    Anyone know what team that that was?

    Was it one of those Dolphins teams that ran the wildcat for a few games?

  26. “the first team since 2005 to complete less than two passes in a game”

    Anyone know what team that that was?

    “Ryan Leaf” Chargers

  27. “Anyone know what team that that was?”
    My first guess was the dolphins too but nop:
    “Denver became the first team to complete just one pass in a game since the 2005 San Francisco 49ers with Cody Pickett.”

  28. Fangio is correct in calling them out. Here we are 9 months into the pandemic so mask wearing is not a new concept. On top of that the NFL instituted even more stringent rules just last week. Lock said it was an accidental lapse? He is disingenuous at best and a complete moron at worst. Either way…play stupid games- win stupid prizes.

  29. It’s ignorant to blame Fangio. The Broncos haven’t done anything right regarding the QB position since Peyton Manning. The mistakes are being made way above Fangio’s head.

  30. I think the Broncos got jobbed here, really. The game should have been rescheduled with the entire QB room on Covid-IR. The idea of keeping a level playing field doesn’t really translate in this case. I dont think fault lies anywhere as far as a outbreak goes….it a virus… it’s going to rear it’s ugly head regardless of precautions.

  31. (danielsong39 says:
    November 29, 2020 at 9:29 pm
    So they have the Broncos play without a QB but they bend over backwards for the Ravens)

    Exactly!!

  32. This is not a smart response by vic fangio…

    He went on record in September rejecting the idea of having a quarantined QB, for this very situation – said it was overkill or something. As a coach you often plan to limit bad scenarios – damage control – he took a hard pass on doing this.

    Buffalo bills 3rd QB Jake Fromm always meets virtually for this very scenario.
    It is like the Prez and the VP – rarely are they both together – 2 for1 target opportunity – NFL coaches are very thorough in planning for the “what if scenarios” – Fangio took a hard pass on a plan offered to him by a reporter askiing if he was considering it – What is worse is that he is now publicly blaming his QBs – great way to lose your locker room and team – blame others for your shortcomings – most coaches typically fall on the sword for their players even when it is not warranted – here it is warranted and fangio throws em under the bus.

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