Broncos express excitement about misdirection concepts in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense
Vic Fangio wants to take something great and make it better. The Denver Broncos have used a 3-4 base defense since 2015, the season in which the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.
So, Denver’s new head coach is coming in and wanting to play a 3-4 — that in itself is nothing new to Bronco players.
However, the wrinkles Fangio is throwing into the defense are making it so unique, and the members of the Broncos’ front seven are loving it:
“It’s just, alignment-wise it’s like it’s old school defense where you line up and you beat the guy in front of you,” defensive end Derek Wolfe said, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. “We’re going to be moving. You beat him, beat him, beat him, and then next thing you know we’re slanting somewhere and moving around and misdirecting. As far as the pass-rush game goes, we have some really fun pass-rush games that are just different.”
Wolfe is one of many talented players on a Denver defense led by pass rusher Von Miller, who is aiming to tally 20 sacks this coming season. Vic Fangio seems prepared to take the Broncos to the next level on defense.
The soon-to-be-61-year-old spent the last four seasons as the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator, leading the Bears to the third-ranked defense in the NFL in 2018.
He landed his first NFL job back in 1986 as the New Orleans Saints’ linebackers coach. He has served as a defensive coordinator for five different teams throughout his lengthy career.
The Broncos won just six games this past year and have not made the playoffs since their aforementioned Super Bowl-winning campaign.