ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Vic Fangio’s introductory press conference was a window into how the Denver Broncos new head coach would handle his new job.
Apparently, what you see is what you get.
The Broncos worked out at their facility on Tuesday and the first impressions with Fangio running a practice were exactly how he said it would be when he was hired.
“I was here for the press conference, and same guy that everybody saw in the press conference was the same guy that we saw this morning,” linebacker Von Miller said after the workout on Tuesday. “That’s a compliment. You don’t want this guy to be in the press conference, then he gets in front of the team and is this guy, then when you’re one-on-one with him he’s this guy. It’s not the case with Coach Vic, and I knew that from all the players that he’s coached that I’m familiar with. I knew he was that type of guy, and he was definitely that today.”
Denver can use some consistency from the head coach. The team is on its fourth head coach since 2013 and is coming off its third straight losing season. Its’ the first time in franchise history the Broncos have had such a streak and the hope is Fangio can have an immediate impact.
Denver made big changes in the offseason, most notably trading for veteran quarterback Joe Flacco from Baltimore and shipping Case Keenum to Washington. The Broncos did pick up the option on wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders despite his tearing an Achilles tendon late last season.
Fellow wide receiver Courtland Sutton was happy Sanders is returning.
“I was excited. Emmanuel is a great leader and a great vet for our room,” Sutton said Tuesday. “I love being able to be around him. I was actually just talking to him a little bit in the locker room just about how exciting it is for this new offense. He was telling me how he’s played in similar offenses and he’s already starting to give me some of the insights of what he learned being in this type of offense before. Just something like that is awesome.”
Any success Denver will have will rely on better quarterback play. Flacco lost his job in Baltimore during last season and is getting a fresh start with the Broncos. So far his teammates are impressed with him.
“I love the quarterbacks on our team. His locker’s right next to me, and he’s a great guy,” Miller said. “He’s the same guy that we thought he was going to be. He’s taller than what he looks like on the football field. He’s like 6-foot-5 or something like that. That’s always good.”