Denver Broncos: 3 moves Vic Fangio made in win that worked
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio knew he had to make some changes to get his team in the win column. He made the right ones against the Chargers.
As a first-time head coach in the NFL, Vic Fangio knows that no one is going to feel sorry for the Denver Broncos if they’re not winning games.
As a matter of fact, the backlash that comes with losing is the opposite of sympathy. You’ve got fans all over the world sharpening their pitchforks, talking about how Fangio was the wrong hire, how John Elway can’t evaluate talent, and how the Broncos are destined for purgatory as punishment for winning Super Bowl 50.
That was an actual take I read on my Twitter feed, by the way.
Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest through the trees.
While the media and fan perspective after an 0-4 start seems to be complete panic, the Broncos are taking things one week at a time and that approach worked in their favor with a very solid 20-13 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on the road in LA.
What winning does for the Broncos is allow the team and fan base to see at least a glimpse of the forest through those trees. I wish Tony Romo could commentate every Broncos game, because his perspective from the opening kickoff was spot on.
The Broncos were an 0-4 team, but they hadn’t played like one. The ball bounced a couple of unlucky ways in their first two home games to open the season against Chicago and Jacksonville, otherwise, they could have easily been 2-2 like they were a season ago.
With four straight losses to open his head coaching tenure in Denver, Fangio decided that insanity would have, in fact, been doing the same thing and expecting a different result, and he made some fairly important changes ahead of this particular game.
Here are three changes I noticed in this game that Fangio made which helped tremendously in terms of the Broncos winning.