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Fangio: Broncos can't put 'Band-Aids' on problems

2/10/2019 5:57:13 PM
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Vic Fangio is inheriting a Denver Broncos team that just suffered back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since the Nixon administration.

Bouncing back immediately from two subpar years under Vance Joseph will be tricky. Denver still doesn't have a QB of the future on the roster, needs help on the offensive line and must regain the defensive identity that propelled the Broncos to a Super Bowl title in 2015. 

All that can't be solved in one offseason, but the 60-year-old Fangio is not preaching patience in Denver, Jeremy Bergman of reports. 

"If I say I'm not going to be patient, you and everybody else will think I'm going to make some knee-jerk short-term decisions that won't have long-term benefits," Fangio explained to The Gazette's Woody Paige. "What we've got to do, I believe, is let's go out there and evaluate this team, find out where we need help. Make some good choices for the future, not just for today, if I'm making sense. I'm not looking to go 4-12 or 5-11, thinking that we're rebuilding. But we must realize that two years from now, three years, that what we did in the 2019 season was why we are at that point."

To take the Broncos from mediocrity back to respectability, Fangio intends to draw from wisdom learned in Chicago, where he was the defensive coordinator for four seasons under John Fox and Matt Nagy.

"Here's what happened to the Bears before I got there. What they were doing was putting Band-Aids on every little problem, hoping they would be a good team the next year," Fangio explained. "By the time we got there, they sucked. They were old, no young talent, no nothing. I've coached on two expansions teams in Carolina and with the Texans, and our roster on defense when I was hired (by the Bears) was worse than those expansion team defenses.

"We can't let that happen here. We can't do everything to just get to 8-8 now and be 3-13 in 2021. Does that mean that we won't get a veteran in free agency that will help us for a year or two? We can do that. But we can't go and throw a bunch of (stuff) against the wall and hope it sticks."

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