Denver Broncos: Grading week one game versus New York

Denver Broncos defense. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos, Vic Fangio
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Vic Fangio Grade, A

This was an impressive showing by Vic Fangio both defensively and offensively really did a great job getting his team ready to go. The point of this grade is simply how aggressive Fangio was on the offensive side of the ball. Fangio has not exactly had a quarterback he trusts and Teddy Bridgewater certainly seems like that guy Fangio would have all the confidence in the world in.

With Fangio choosing to go with so many conversion chances on fourth down Bridgewater seems to be given the keys early. It begs the question if the leash is longer than some anticipated with Bridgewater.

There were a few times in the last few seasons where Fangio never seemed to be as aggressive as he was near the end of the year or at all. If Denver’s head coach puts this aggressiveness early into the season and the team is successful with it, then the confidence will only continue to grow.

In the Giants game, Denver was successful on three different occasions with Bridgewater. One resulting in a potential score. This is where Bridgewater stiff-armed the defender creating extra space to make the throw. This play gave not just Bridgewater confidence, but Albert Okwuegbunam confidence again after fumbling in the red zone earlier. That’s the sign of a really good coach getting his players to regain confidence.

These are things that help create more competitive levels of football for a Broncos searching for the playoffs. It’s well documented that the Denver Broncos are primed for the playoffs if they can get steady QB play. If Fangio can place this amount of confidence in a quarterback it will trickle down to the other players on the team.

Of course, Bridgewater already had a calm demeanor mixed with leadership. That mixed with Vic “The Don” Fangio might be the best possible direction and identify of this team. A mix of the right aggressiveness and calmness will help this team in difficult games on the road. This is why it was great to see Fangio do what he did Sunday against the Giants.

Everything about going for it on fourth down in the preseason was not a fluke, but rather to prepare them for situations like the three that happened versus the Giants.