Conflict Between Vic Fangio, Coaching Staff?

The Broncos hoped that they would be competing for a playoff spot this year, but they are 3-6, are in last place in the AFC West, and their starting QB, Brandon Allen, just played his first regular season game two weeks ago (though he did win it).

As such, Denver’s playoff hopes are quite slim, and apparently head coach Vic Fangio isn’t helping matters. Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, there has been consistent conflict between Fangio and his staff, and even between Fangio and some of his players (like veteran wideout Emmanuel Sanders, who was traded to the 49ers last month).

La Canfora’s sources say that the relationship between Fangio and his offensive assistants is particularly troubling, with Fangio quick to dispute offensive play calls. The 61-year-old, who is in his first season as a head coach, can reportedly come across as overbearing on the headsets, and one source said, “[t]here is a negative reaction to almost every offensive play call.” Another source was more blunt, saying, “[p]retty much everyone gets treated like crap.”

Of course, the roster that GM John Elway has put together is deeply flawed, and Fangio cannot be held entirely culpable for the lack of production he has gotten from the quarterback position and the offensive line. La Canfora does not offer any speculation as to whether Elway will consider firing Fangio after the 2019 season, but the fact that Elway stuck by former HC Vance Joseph — who was clearly in over his head — for two seasons suggests that Fangio may get a chance to right the ship and work on his people skills in 2020.

That is especially true given that the team’s defense has generally performed well, which reflects well on the defensive-minded Fangio. But if the team can’t get its QB situation figured out — and Elway has not shown that he is capable of finding a franchise signal-caller — 2020 may not go much better than 2019 has.

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12 comments on “Conflict Between Vic Fangio, Coaching Staff?

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Come back to Chicago Vic. With you as HC we will at least have a chance. Nagy is useless.

    • cubsfanbudman1908

      Nagy is fine… it’s that high school QB starting for him that is the problem.

      • crosseyedlemon

        OK, I”m willing to give Nagy a pass on that but Geez!…how long does it take to find a capable kicker?

      • Rondon

        Nope. Nagy is way over his head. He got coach of the year on the back of Fangio’s defense. All those turnovers put that lame offense of his in great shape with short fields numerous times last year. That hid the fact that his scheme sucked, and this season, the defense’s lack of turnovers has exposed Nagy for who he is- An assistant coach who succeeded by being a coat tail rider- first Andy Reid, then Fangio. And of course, clueless Pace couldn’t tell the difference.

  2. dmarcus15

    He is out of the Iron Mike mold and guess what player and coaches aren’t used to it.

  3. kirbyelway

    Anonymous sources are BS! I’m not defending Fangio, but media reports like this I don’t believe.

  4. metsie1

    As Fangio is the HC it sure sounds like some coordinators will be involuntarily looking for work.

  5. greg7274

    If the donkeys were to fire their 3rd head coach in 4 years, what coach would be insane enough to want the job?

    • crosseyedlemon

      Most HC candidates have a pretty good sized ego and will always convince themselves that they can avoid the mistakes made by those who preceded them.

  6. gene95988

    The Broncos will not fire Fangio. This is a bunch of crap because reporters can’t find anything else to write about. It’s getting old.

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