Denver Broncos: Analyzing Vic Fangio’s “Death By Inches”
One comment from Denver Broncos new head coach Vic Fangio’s press conference may have eliminated a long term name created by John Elway.
When John Elway was hired he established the phrase “kicking and screaming.” A phrase the Denver Broncos had been lacking for a few years. The Vic Fangio press conference sent shockwaves through the rest of Broncos Country. Fangio looked poised, determined and ready to go battle with his Broncos players. In fact, many players showed up on Thursday to show strong support of the new hire. The Denver Broncos need tough love or a “death by inches” approach in 2019.
There it is. “Death by inches.” This particular statement is something that parallels the “kicking and screaming” comment.” Both work hand in hand with one another. Elway introduces the saying by describing like this:
“Death by inches. You keep taking an inch. And when they add up, you are a losing program. Vic promised we won’t die a death by inches,” Elway clarified “death by inches.”
The creator of the saying is none other than Vic Fangio himself. Fangio gave more details on this terminology.
“We’re not going to cut any corners. I’m a fundamental coach … Fundamentals is still what wins in this league and I’m going to stress those … There will be no death by inches. We’re going to stress fundamentals,” Fangio explained.
“Kicking and screaming” and “death by inches” can work hand in hand. Simple as that. This death by inches seems like something lacking past few years. If the fundamentals are lacking then the team will not be cohesive. There has to be a focus on intricate details and every minute that makes each unit tick. If one area is off everything is amiss.
This in lies discipline. Too many times last year the team seemed relaxed in big moments when there should be more fight till the buzzer sounds. It might be cliche; however, it still remains true. Players have to perform within the rules, but keep same intensity.
Vic Fangio won over Broncos Country with his “death by inches” comment. The rest ended up as an encore for an impressive debut as for appearance as Denver Broncos head coach.