Denver Broncos: 3 moves Vic Fangio made in win that worked
1. Moving Kareem Jackson back to safety
Fangio made no secrets about it prior to the game against Los Angeles and again on Monday at his day-after-win press conference — he wants Kareem Jackson at safety.
As fate would have it, it was actually an injury to Jackson that helped get him back in the safety spot Fangio and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell designed for him.
With Jackson out against the Jaguars, Duke Dawson was inserted into the lineup as the slot corner, and he played quite well in what really amounts to his regular-season debut as an NFL player.
Although he wasn’t perfect, Dawson played well enough that Fangio kept him in the lineup as the slot corner against the Chargers, and Jackson was able to play the safety spot. He was all over the field, to put it simply.
Jackson finished with a team-leading 10 tackles, including a huge play at the end of the first half against Austin Ekeler, whom he hit near the pylon and forced a fumble, which went out of the end zone for a touchback, leaving the Chargers with no points instead of seven.
This play actually came as a result of a missed tackle by cornerback Isaac Yiadom as well after he was forced into action with De’Vante Bausby’s injury. Bausby, by the way, is out of the hospital and back with the team.
Jackson showed off his range in this game as a tackler, of course, but also was phenomenal helping double-team the Chargers’ best offensive player, wide receiver Keenan Allen, who was limited to just four catches for 18 yards in this game, including one that went for 10.