Denver Broncos dismiss head coach Vic Fangio after third straight year missing playoffs

The Broncos lost 28-24 to the Kansas City Chiefs in their final game of the season on Saturday, dropping them to 7-10 this year. Fangio’s teams went 5-11 in 2020 and 7-9 the year before as the defensive-minded coach struggled to put together a competent attack.

George Patton, general manager of the Broncos, will be responsible for hiring the next coach.

“This morning, George and Vick and I have informed of his decision to separate from him as head coach of the Denver Broncos,” President and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. “Over the past three seasons, Vick has put his heart and soul into coaching the Broncos. I would like to thank coach Fangio for giving his best for our organization since the day he was appointed.”

“I have great respect for Vic and everything he accomplished in the NFL,” Button said in the current situation. “Over the past year, I appreciate his partnership, friendship and tireless work ethic that he has shown as our head coach. Vick will continue to have great success in this league, and I thank him for everything he has done for the Broncos and so do I personally.”

Fangio thanked the executives, players, coaches, staff and fans in the departure statement, saying it was an “honor and privilege” to coach the team for three seasons.

“The foundation is laid for this team to accomplish great things. The future is bright for the Denver Broncos, and I wish the organization nothing but the best.”

Prior to taking over as head coach, Fangio served as defensive coordinator for four different franchises over the course of nearly 20 years. He was the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears in 2018 when they allowed the fewest points in the league and led the NFL in fast food, which led to an appointment to Denver.

Fangio’s defensive prowess continued to a large extent in Denver, but his teams were constantly hampered by a level attack and underwhelming play from quarterbacks Joe Flacco, Drew Luke and Teddy Bridgewater.

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