It’s a very good factor the hair that hasn’t fallen out of Vic Fangio’s head turned grey lengthy earlier than he took a job in Broncos Nation.
This soccer crew is a multitude greater than the 11-21 moist spill that bounced everybody from Vance Joseph to Case Keenum out the door at Dove Valley Headquarters. As a substitute of issuing their new head coach a whistle, perhaps the Broncos ought to have given Fangio a mop.
John Elway hates it once I recommend he’s a coach killer. However Elway has carried out his 60-year-old rookie coach no favors throughout Fangio’s temporary tenure in Denver.
When the Broncos might have drafted an influence defensive participant for his or her defensive-minded head coach, Elway as a substitute selected a quarterback controversy ready to occur, asking veteran Joe Flacco to steer the crew again to playoff rivalry whereas wanting over his shoulder at rookie Drew Lock on the identical time.
Add the hissing match Elway bought into with star cornerback Chris Harris over cash, and it’s sufficient to make me marvel why Fangio would commerce hanging at Wrigley Discipline throughout his downtime within the springtime for making an attempt to put in a world-class protection with out his solely world-class participant within the secondary.
By most accounts, bother doesn’t rattle Coach Vic. Perhaps that’s one large cause new Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan, who adopted Fangio from Chicago to Denver, reverently refers back to the coach because the Godfather.
Fangio talks along with his arms, Callahan defined Tuesday, including that the Broncos’ new on-field boss has “this swag to him, form of like mafia guys.”
Callahan laughed at his description of Fangio. However right here’s a critical factor: What sunk Joseph because the coach in Denver was exactly the form of balderdash that Fangio has already witnessed in a football-crazy city that bleeds orange.
Acumen at X’s and O’s could make any coach a soccer genius. However how he’ll cope with the hullabaloo of a soccer disaster is the nice unknown with Fangio, such a quiet man by nature that he can go to a Nuggets playoff recreation and have nearly no one within the Pepsi Heart discover he’s there.
Josh McDaniels introduced a superb offensive thoughts to Denver however was undercut by his Jekyll and Hyde persona within the assembly room. Joseph naively trusted that coordinators he employed — whether or not it was Mike McCoy or Joe Woods — had been there to assist him, when each hastened his demise.
Alternatively, Gary Kubiak gained the Tremendous Bowl regardless of his conservative offensive bent, as a result of he deftly discovered a strategy to handle two large egos, whether or not it was essential to bench Peyton Manning or tone down Elway’s blowhard, aggressive nature.
All of the foolish hoo-ha about Flacco’s latest feedback that recommend he locations a better precedence on successful than mentoring a rookie had been blown out of proportion. However isn’t something and every little thing involving a quarterback within the NFL ripe for melodrama and controversy?
No quarterback is ever extra well-liked than his won-lost file.
“That’s the nature of this enterprise, and that’s the great thing about it,” Flacco mentioned.
In a metropolis the place Elway and Manning established the gold normal, whereas any mere mortal quarterback is topic to being run out of city after throwing three interceptions in a recreation, I can nearly assure you Fangio must cope with QB controversy the primary time Flacco loses two video games in a row. I’m additionally prepared to wager how Fangio handles that controversy shall be much more vital to his success than the brilliance of his defensive recreation plans.
In all chance, the defensive schemes of Fangio will look much less sharp with out Harris on the sector for the Broncos.
All people loves Chris. However Harris pushed for renegotiation with a season remaining on his contract. Whereas this tiff must be all concerning the Benjamins, it’s already gotten private between this proud cornerback and Elway, whose obsession with successful makes it troublesome for him to view something in life as a compromise.
Linebacker Von Miller loves Harris like a soccer brother and totally believes he deserves prime greenback as cornerback. Miller, nonetheless, additionally made one very pertinent statement about his personal, generally edgy contract negotiation with Elway that’s instructive within the case of Harris.
“I actually wished to be a Denver Broncos for all times,” mentioned Miller, recalling the deal he accepted in 2016.
If Harris is intent on being paid $15 million per yr, I can’t begrudge him looking for each final dime. However I additionally don’t see any approach Elway pays Harris prime greenback.
Would Harris maintain out for lower than prime greenback? Would Elway name his bluff and drive Harris to play out the ultimate season of his deal, or contemplate commerce presents for one of many crew’s few Professional Bowl-caliber abilities?
Regardless of the final result, let the cash spat between Elway and Harris be resolved earlier than the Broncos report back to coaching camp in July.
It is a headache Fangio doesn’t want or deserve.