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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After conversations with George Paton, John Elway and Joe Ellis, Vic Fangio remains the Denver Broncos’ head coach, despite the team’s four-game losing streak.
“We’ve talked. All very constructive and productive,” Fangio said on Friday afternoon, describing his conversations with the team’s general manager, president of football operations and CEO/president. “We all want the same thing. We want to get this team back to winning.”
While outside the building, the third-year head coach’s seat is red hot, inside the building Fangio doesn’t feel the heat. Or even worry about it for that matter.
“I’m not worried about my coaching status,” Fangio stated. “What I’m worried about is this team and doing anything and everything we can to get our guys coached up to play better. That’s my only focus.”
Thanks to the Thursday night game—in which Denver got beat by Case Keenum and the Cleveland Browns—the Broncos have an additional weekend to prepare for their next game against the Washington Football Team on Oct. 31.
“We’ll take these few days to self scout for sure,” Fangio said, stating the team will figuratively look in the mirror over the weekend. “We’ll take a look at everything moving forward.”
However, this won’t include changes with the coaching staff and how they operate, despite falling under .500 for the first time this year.
“I don’t have a problem with our efforts or our intents,” Fangio said. “We just have to do a better job of coaching these guys to be more fundamentally sound… We just have to do what we do better.”
Leading up to the Browns game, Fangio was criticized for not burdening the majority of the blame for a team that hasn’t won a game since Sept. 26.
The head coach changed that on Friday.
“What’s most concerning is our fundamentals were lacking in that game, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. When that’s lacking, that’s poor coaching on our part and that starts with me,” Fangio stated without hesitation. “We’ve got to do a better job of getting the fundamental things taught and executed.”
Fangio added he and his coaching staff need to coach the players better on where they need to be “at all times” and for all different types of plays.
“You know, they run the stretch play, you got to stay in your gap. They run a boot play, you got to be there for the boot,” Fangio explained. “You’ve got to have good eyes and be disciplined when you play a team that’s good with the boot game, good with the screen game, and good with the play-action game. We didn’t get that done well enough.”
After nearly a month without a win, Vic Fangio isn’t concerned about losing his job. Instead, he’s worried about doing his job better to get the Broncos back on track.