“Didn’t Want to Extend the Drive”- Broncos Coach Vic Fangio Defends Erratic Usage of Timeouts

Published 09/16/2020, 5:44 AM EDT
Aug 21, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio talks with players during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


Denver Broncos suffered a narrow loss to their season opener against the Ryan Tannehill-led Tennessee Titans. The game ended with a 14-16 scoreline in favor of the Titans.

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But the outcome could have been totally different had the Denver Broncos’ Head Coach, Vic Fangio, utilized the time-outs available to his team in the final quarter of the game.

The home team had three timeouts at their disposal but watched on as the Titans scored the game-winning field goal. Veteran kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed three FGs in the game.

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However, he showed character to come onto the field in the dying minutes to score the final one and hand his team a deserving win.

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Broncos’ Vic Fangio gives his opinion on critical fourth-quarter calls

After facing a lot of flak for his decision to opt against calling any time-outs in the fourth quarter, here is what Vic Fangio had to say in his defense.

He said, “It was two-fold there. One, their field goal kicker had obviously been having his problems, so I didn’t want to extend the drive to where they could get closer.

“And we would have used a timeout, but we got the running back out of bounds, and we would have used the second timeout, but they threw an incompletion,” Fangio told The Denver Post.

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However, the Broncos don’t have any time to sulk over their recent loss. They play away to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week Two before hosting Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers a week later.

They will look to put their opening week struggles behind them and focus on the task that lies ahead. Fingers crossed in the hopes that Fangio pays closer attention to the NFL play clock next time round.

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