By HCR Staff | September 15, 2020
Even with a loss, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio is making progress with his squad. He had them in position to win the game, even though they were taking on a more talented and experienced Titans squad.
Coaches can do everything right, but players still have to execute. In last night’s game, Broncos players failed on 3 key plays: a fumble by RB Melvin Gordon, a key 3rd down offsides penalty on defense, and QB Drew Lock missing an open TE Nick Vannett in the end zone.
Fangio also gets credit for creating a team that appears to not only like playing with each other, but one that plays with passion. This is no small feat, and we give Fangio credit.
Now after giving him some praise, Fangio deserves constructive criticism for not using his timeouts at the end of the game as the Titans essentially ran out the clock. We’re sure Broncos fans were frustrated watching the clock wind down, and this scenario is one reason why our website exists: no matter how hard and well the players play, in-game judgments by head coaches can negate all of it. We actually wrote about Fangio’s penchant to do something head scratching, and on this occasion, we were right.
As for the Titans, we saw some good, some bad. QB Ryan Tannehill was the 2019 Comeback Player of The Year, but for 2020, he’s on our list – half joking – for 2020’s Regression To The Mean Player of The Year. He got away with one interception when a ticky tack roughness penalty was called on the Broncos, and a couple of other tipped balls could have gone the other way too. It seemed to us that for 2020, the Titans want to put more on his shoulders offensively, but we just don’t think he’s that guy. We could be wrong, we’ll see. He did come through in crunch time, however, and he also did steer the team into FG position on other occasions, only to see K Stephen Gostkowski fail each time. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is a fantastic leader, and he also has a clear vision for how he wants his team to play. But Vrabel likes to experiment and tinker too, and sometimes he can get too cute for his own good. As Pro Football Talk reported, last night he tried a unique punt formation. Nothing bad came of it, but it just shows that Vrabel has a tendency to not only want to beat you, but to show he’s more clever than you too.