Denver Broncos: 4 reasons Vic Fangio should not be fired

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio in 2019. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos: 4 reasons the team should not fire Vic Fangio.

The Denver Broncos are 4-7 and heading for a Sunday Night Football matchup in Kansas City against the reigning Super Bowl Champion Chiefs, one of the best and most well-rounded teams in the entire NFL.

At this point in time, the rest of the NFL as a whole appears to be at a disadvantage against the Chiefs, but anything is possible on any given week in this wild and crazy league.

Still, facing the prospect of a 4-8 record three-quarters of the way through the 2020 season, the topic has been brought up recently of Vic Fangio’s job security as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Fangio is in his second year with the team, and after finishing 7-9 in his rookie year with the Broncos, his team faces an uphill battle to match or exceed that record in 2020. What are the Broncos going to do? Would they actually fire Fangio after two seasons?

I don’t think they should, nor do I think they will.

Here are four reasons why the Denver Broncos can’t or won’t fire Vic Fangio in 2021.

1. Vic Fangio has created a healthy locker room culture

One thing that cannot be overstated about the Denver Broncos under the reign of Vance Joseph and dating back to even a young coach like Josh McDaniels in 2009 is that the team had a very poor culture in the locker room.

Of course, not many are given the privilege of being in the locker room on a daily basis, and there are things that go on behind closed doors that fans and even team insiders will never be privy to.

With that being said, bad locker room culture typically seeps out one way or another. Players will be open about their displeasure with the leadership on the team, or you can see it in the way players handle themselves during games.

One of the easiest ways to tell that Fangio has successfully healed the locker room culture that was so toxic when Vance Joseph was around is the way Fangio’s team plays for him week in and week out.

Losing is part of life in the NFL. Not every team is going to be a perennial Super Bowl contender. Players obviously prefer winning games but how do they respond to a head coach during times of adversity? The Broncos’ 2020 matchup in Pittsburgh against the Steelers is one of the prime examples so far of how Broncos players respond to the leadership of Vic Fangio and his staff.

Despite all of the injuries and craziness surrounding the Broncos in 2020, look again at how well the team played as a whole after a bad loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on the road when they came home to face the Miami Dolphins.

The Broncos were almost unanimously picked against when they took on the Dolphins, one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Fangio had his team ready to play and they came out and really put a beating on the Dolphins.

The culture Fangio has created goes beyond players simply being hot and cold when the team wins and loses. This is a team that competes hard every single game and that is a testament to Fangio and the culture he has been building.