Broncos Coach Vic Fangio responds to Offensive Line Criticism: “All Positions Matter”
“Holding. Number 72. Offense.”
This is just one of many disappointing phrases heard too often by frustrated Bronco fans as they have seen the offensive line become an area that requires serious attention. After the tragic loss of center Connor McGovern to free agency, fans and pundits have acknowledged leadership within the Broncos organization needs to make meaningful changes to address the struggling line. Vic Fangio, head coach of the Denver Broncos, responded to criticism.
“Actually, all positions matter,” said Fangio. “What about our quarterback and receiving corps? Are you saying they don’t matter? It’s really divisive on this team to say ‘the offensive line matters’ instead of ‘all positions matter’.”
Of course, every football fan on the planet knows that all positions matter, but not all positions on the roster are struggling nearly as much as the front line. Fangio defended his choices at the head coach level.
“On top of that, coaches matter, too. We have to make very difficult choices when there isn’t much time on the play clock and we can’t be expected to lead a team under all that stress. Most coaches are good, there are just a few bad ones that make the rest of us look bad.”
Fangio went on to blame the players on the offensive line for their struggles.
“How come nobody acknowledges that sometimes offensive lineman run into each other, too? Lineman-on-lineman mistakes account for way more issues than things like poor management, coaching, or acquisition of players, so I don’t know what you expect me to do about it.”
Fangio concluded the press conference with his final remarks before leaving the podium.
“You people are the problem. All positions matter. All coaches matter. I refuse to engage in any meaningful conversations about this until you start using language that makes me feel good about myself.”