Vic Fangio would have liked to see Teddy Bridgewater make play at Darius Slay

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The Broncos are 5-5 after the Eagles throttled them 30-13 on Sunday, but the offense’s poor performance in the loss won’t lead the team to consider a quarterback change during their bye week.

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was asked at a Monday press conference about former NFL head coach Rex Ryan saying that the Broncos should bench Teddy Bridgewater and start Drew Lock when they return to action in Week 12. Fangio said he didn’t agree with Ryan and that Bridgewater is the team’s quarterback moving forward.

Ryan’s call for Bridgewater’s benching was made while discussing Bridgewater’s passive response to trying to stop Eagles cornerback Darius Slay during an 82-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in Sunday’s game. Bridgewater said he tried to “force the ball back,” which Fangio said he understood while adding that he would have liked to see a more aggressive move from Bridgewater.

“I would have liked to see Teddy at least make a play at the guy,” Fangio said.

Bridgewater also spoke to reporters Monday and said he’d spoken with Fangio about the play. Bridgewater said that’s “not the type of tape I want to put out there” and that he needed to lay out to try to stop Slay from scoring.

9 responses to “Vic Fangio would have liked to see Teddy Bridgewater make play at Darius Slay

  1. But then he gets hurt trying to make a tackle & you say QB’s should be protected on INT returns. I’m not a believer in Vic Fangio.

  2. I get the fact that Bridgewater has come back from a devastating injury, but that play (or lack of one) is going to haunt him. It wasn’t a good look. At least make an attempt.

  3. He’s already had one major injury and was probably spooked at the thought of putting himself in position for another.

  4. I don’t agree with Ryan. But then, I never have. Seen too many QB’s get hurt trying to make that play. Mayfield comes to mind in a contract year. Dalton too, missing a playoff game. I guess the big thing here is don’t throw an interception. Toes come to mind when talking about Ryan.

  5. Gotta love when your QB is out there making business decisions. Reminiscent of Cam Newton in the Superbowl.

  6. Bridgewater’s non-effort was no worse than Cam Newton making utterly no attempt to recover his own fumble in the last few minutes of Super Bowl L.

  7. While I understand you want everybody to try to make a tackle
    The odds of the QB getting an injury causes a much bigger problem than a TD or a big rain on an interception/fumble

    A lot of QBs get serious injuries–the prior example was Andy Dalton, who has the Bengals in great shape to do well in the playoffs missed the rest of the reason with a broken finger. Baker Mayfield has a very bad shoulder the needs surgery, and has been up and down since the injury. In a contract year he tried to make a play and will likely really cost himself some money.

    The other example is Tom Brady–remember when he through an INT vs the Eagles? The official literally stood next to him to protect him from the DE Barnett ! Brady did not give himself up or get out of bounds, kept moving like he was going to try to make a tackle, so Barnett was within his rights to body up to Brady. But the official was having none of it. So maybe in the future, all QBs should get a official to block for them so they can make a tackle in those situations, and also get protected while they make the play.

  8. vottorific says:
    November 15, 2021 at 4:42 pm
    I don’t agree with Ryan. But then, I never have. Seen too many QB’s get hurt trying to make that play. Mayfield comes to mind in a contract year. Dalton too, missing a playoff game. I guess the big thing here is don’t throw an interception. Toes come to mind when talking about Ryan.

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    He didn’t even throw an INT. It was a running play and Melvin Gordon coughed it up.

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