Who needs to go, Fangio or Elway?

Who needs to go, Fangio or Elway?

The Denver Broncos are a complete hot mess.  Today they will reportedly take the field with a reserve wide receiver playing quarterback because all four of the quarterbacks on the roster were sent home by the NFL due to COVID issues. 

Who deserves the blame for this mess?  Is it Fangio or Elway?  I say a little of the blame goes to both of them.

Fangio is the guy on the field, and frankly, he hasn’t been very good.  Whether it’s his mismanagement of the clock or his lack of supervision for COVID concerns, he is the likely guy to get his walking papers, sooner rather than later. 

Elway, however, shouldn’t get out of this mess unscathed for his mismanagement of the quarterback situation in Denver.  For a guy that was such a great quarterback in his day, he seems to have no idea what kind of quarterback wins in today’s game.  Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, Jeff Driskel, Joe Flacco, Brandon Allen, Case Keenum, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, and Trevor Siemian.  Those are the last nine guys to start for the Broncos in a game since 2016, until today when reserve wide receiver Kendall Hinton is reportedly going to get the call.  On top of that, he’s built one of the worst offensive lines in the league.  John, do you watch football anymore? 

The truth is, the Bronco brain trust needs to pull the trigger on both of them, but who is there to pull the hammer?  The biggest question may be, who answers the phone calls in Denver?  With owner Pat Bowlen passing away last year, the organization still hasn’t figured out who is paying the bills. 

Fangio is a defensive guy and has built a decent defense in Denver, but his lack of attention to detail on offense with his two-minute blunders alone should see him getting his walking papers some time this week.  Elway is a little more difficult.  It’s always hard to get rid of a local legend, but the Bronco’s owners’ patience has to be growing thin.

The two have combined for an 11-15 record since the start of the 2019 season and the Broncos have seen some of their quarterbacks push out microscopic quarterback ratings over the past few years.  Depending on the resource, Drew Lock has between the No. 29 and No. 32 quarterback rating in the league this season.  Last season, Joe Flacco was in the mid-’20s and the season before that Case Keenum was at No. 29 and No. 30, depending on the resource. 

The NFL is a passing league now.  While the rest of the division has Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, and Derrick Carr, the Broncos have been fluttering with guys that likely wouldn’t find more than one or two other places in the league where they could start. 

Calling the Denver Broncos, are you guys still there?

Related Posts