Vic Fangio accuses Broncos OC Pat Shurmur with damning quote on passing play

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Vic Fangio doesn’t seem happy with the Denver Broncos’ attacking arrangement – in particular, the perplexing lack of running backs used as pass catchers.

In fact, the Broncos head coach seems like every fan this season has served up a cocktail of emotions on the rare occasion that embattled coordinator Pat Shurmur calls a target to Melvin Gordon or Phillip Lindsay.

“We would really like to spread the ball as much as we can. We haven’t been so much behind the back. It was nice to see a screen go by the other day with some success, ”Fangio told reporters Wednesday. “I think it comes down to most of the running back catches – not all of them – are screens, checks, third or fourth reads, and we haven’t had a lot of that this year. “

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Screens, controls, dumps and swing passes are some of the most basic games in football. Every coach, from pee to pros, performs them multiple times per game. These are high percentage calls that can turn into game-changing decisions if you have a qualified RB equipped.

The Broncos, of course, are equipped with two, a pair of former Pro Bowlers. Still, it looks like you can count on one hand how many times they caught the ball in 2020. The duo combined three targets in Sunday’s loss to Kansas City, with Gordon grabbing for 11 yards.

Didn’t they sign Gordon at $ 8 million a year for his reception capacity? Isn’t that why he is considered the “workaholic” compared to Phillip Lindsay, in the hands of stone? Why does Gordon only have 21 catches in 11 games? Why Lindsay comes from of them (2) on new (9) targets?

All the right questions, and part of the answer involves inconsistent second-year quarterback Drew Lock, who too often … locks in on his initial reading, usually well down the field, while avoiding the easier but longer finishes. short. It leads to bad things – bags, turnovers, etc. – not to mention the “what if? Lock had simply brought the ball to his exits, as it should be pierced in his brain.

“Yes it does [come up in conversation]”Lock said on Wednesday when asked if he and Shurmur discuss such concepts.” It’s about knowing that you can create these deep concepts, but if that’s not the optimal look here, these backs. are flat and those tight ends are flat. We have audits on these games for a reason. We call them for a few specific looks, and if they don’t give it to you, there’s no need to force it. There are completions underneath and it’s all about finding completions in this league. ”

Part of the answer, arguably the biggest, concerns Shurmur, who has turned out to be a questionable demotion from his predecessor Rich Scangarello. Every area of ​​Denver’s offense has worsened under the twice-fired 55-year-old. Shurmur displayed a bad play situation, repeatedly using an unimaginative mark of run-run-pass or pass-run. You can count on half a hand how many times the Broncos attack has confused an opposing defense.

It is extremely telling that an NFL head coach is surprised to see a screen pass in our time. Worse yet, admit that they haven’t called enough or that his QB is unable to make any progressions. Or both.

Then again, when you’re wasting Lindsay’s explosion and Gordon’s experience, and especially given Lock’s struggles, this type of concept shouldn’t be the third or fourth reading.

The link goes to coaching.

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