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, falling to 7-10 for the year. Fangio’s teams posted a 5-11 record in 2020 and 7-9 the year before as the defensive-minded coach struggled to put together a competent offense.

Broncos general manager George Paton will take over the next coaching hiring.

“This morning George and I informed Vic of the decision to part ways with him as head coach of the Denver Broncos,” President and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. “Over the past three seasons, Vic has put his heart and soul into coaching the Broncos. I want to thank Coach Fangio for giving our organization his best effort from the day he was hired.”

“I have great respect for Vic and for all that he has accomplished in the NFL.” Paton said in a sentence. “Over the past year, I appreciated his partnership, friendship, and tireless work ethic that he demonstrated as our head coach. Vic will continue to have great success in this league and I thank him for all that he did for the Broncos and for me personally. “

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

“The groundwork is in place for this team to accomplish great things. The future is bright for the Denver Broncos, and I wish the organization the best.”

Before taking over as head coach, Fangio served as defensive coordinator for four different franchises for 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 conclusions, leading to his signing in Denver.

Fangio’s defensive prowess continued largely in Denver, but his teams were continually hampered by a struggling offense and a disappointing game from quarterbacks Joe Flacco, Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater.


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