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Vic Fangio defends not using timeouts on Titans’ winning drive

9/15/2020 7:36:45 AM
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Broncos coach Vic Fangio walked off the field Monday night following a 16-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans with two timeouts in his pocket.

Why not use them as the Titans were moving into field goal position?

That was a talking point for Fangio after the Broncos couldn’t hold a one-point lead, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports.

The Titans ran 12 plays (moving 83 yards) over 2 minutes, 48 seconds, and Stephen Gostkowski’s 25-yard field goal that left 17 seconds on the clock was the winner.

By the time the Broncos got the ball back, they had time for only three plays — a long Drew Lock incompletion that was nearly intercepted, an 18-yard catch by DaeSean Hamilton and another Lock incompletion as time expired.

“It was two-fold there,” Fangio said of electing not to use any of his timeouts on the Titans’ final drive. “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.”

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