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Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio isn’t afraid of losing his job despite a four-game losing streak after starting the season 3-0.
“I’m not worried about my coaching status”, Fangio told reporters Friday. “What worries me is this team.”
The Broncos fell to 3-4 this season with a 17-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns at Baker Mayfield on Thursday night. After the game, Fangio said his coaching staff had to do a better job of making adjustments in the game.
“We just need to play better and train better,” Fangio said, via Illustrated sports. “I don’t want to get over it by saying that. We have to train better and we have to adapt to what we have right now.”
The Broncos are underperforming overall. While the Denver offense ranks at the top of the NFL in completion percentage (69%) and passing yards (1,814 yards), it ranks towards the middle of the league in touchdowns (12) and down the league in yards per attempt (7.2).
The Broncos’ defense has suffered in particular, as it allowed more than 20 points in three of Denver’s last four games after limiting opposing attacks in the first three weeks of the season.
Asked about the rumors surrounding his employment status on Monday, Fangio responded, according to The Athletic:
âI just turned it off, really,â he said. âIt’s the NFL. And when that happens, it’s natural. We expect that and this is only part of the deal.
With problems continuing to mount, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Fangio also came close to losing his job last season, following a 5-11 victory. However, the Broncos decided to keep him for the 2021 season because they âbelievedâ in the 63-year-old, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in December 2020.
“They know how he operates, respect his approach and think he’s had a tough hand this season between Broncos injuries earlier this season – including star passer Von Miller and top receiver Courtland Sutton – and others challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, âSchefter wrote at the time.
Fangio doesn’t have similar issues this season. Sutton is back and has been in all seven games, as has Miller. The COVID-19 challenges haven’t been so bad either, with many players opting to get vaccinated to avoid interruptions.
Fangio is 15-24 in his three seasons as head coach of the Broncos. If something doesn’t change, he’ll likely be set to leave as the franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since winning the Super Bowl in the 2015 season.