The Broncos finished Saturday’s second season in last place in a row when they lost at home to the Chiefs 28:24. Denver (7-10) finished 1-5 vs. AFC West for the second year in a row.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio was asked at his post-match press conference why there is such a big gap between his team and the rest of the division. His answer focused on one area.
“The other three teams have top quarterbacks, which is clear to everyone,” Fangio said. “We just need to get a little better.”
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“We played a good match against the Chargers (win in week 12), last week it was a COVID match and we had a tough day (against LA). For the second time, a balanced match with the Raiders (lost 17-13 in week 16. I think both matches with The Chiefs were tight (Denver lost 22-9 in the CC in week 13).
“We’re not there yet, but we’re close. I think the basis of this franchise is to fill the gap and become more of a factor in this division.”
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The Broncos have not won the West since 2015; they won Super Bowl 50 that season. They haven’t had a winning record since 2016, when they led 9-7. Over the past six seasons, Denver has finished third three times in the division, twice third and once second.
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The team hired Fangia as head coach in January 2019 and signed a four-year contract with him for the fifth year. His quarterbacks during his time in Denver were Joe Flacco, Drew Lock, Brandon Allen, Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien, Kendall Hinton and Teddy Bridgewater.
According to many reports, Fangio could find out on Sunday whether he will return for the fourth season. He told reporters after losing Saturday that he had spoken to general manager George Paton during the week.
When asked what the two men were discussing, Fangio replied, “Everything.” Addressing ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, he said, “I’ll be nice, Legs. Don’t worry about me.”