Broncos’ Rich Scangarello says Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman remind him of Falcons running back duo
The Denver Broncos have begun training camp. Many people are watching running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello had an interesting comparison for their running backs.
When talking to the media, Rich Scangarello said that Lindsay and Freeman remind him of the Atlanta Falcons duo from a few years ago. Of course, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman were the league’s best duo in 2015 and 2016.
In 2015, Scangarello was the offensive quality control coach for the Falcons. He witnessed Devonta Freeman and Coleman go to work. In 2016, the Falcons made the Super Bowl led by their dynamic duo in the backfield.
In Atlanta, Kyle Shanahan loved to use both Devonta Freeman and Coleman at the same time. Devonta Freeman was the bruising back while Coleman was used as the receiving threat.
Now, Rich Scangarello has a chance to work with another talented duo in the backfield. Before the 2018 season, it was expected that Lindsay and Freeman would share the carries. However, Freeman’s touches began to decrease as the season went on with Lindsay excelling in the offense.
As for Lindsay, he impressed in 2018 as an undrafted free agent. Lindsay rushed for over 1,000 yards and was the third undrafted free agent to ever rush for over 1,000 yards. In addition, Lindsay became the first undrafted free agent running back to be named to the Pro Bowl.
This year, Scangarello wants to incorporate Freeman more alongside Lindsay. If the Broncos’ duo can be as good as the Falcons’ duo from 2015 and 2016, Denver’s offense should be exceptionally improved in 2019.