Broncos coach Vic Fangio hints at naming backup QB after second preseason game
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has no doubts about quarterback Joe Flacco as the starter going into the 2019 NFL season. It appears he has given a potential timeline on when he will decide Flacco’s backup.
There appears to be a battle brewing between quarterbacks Drew Lock and Kevin Hogan for the No. 1 spot. According to Zack Kelberman of 247 Sports, Fangio may wait until midway through the preseason to pick one:
“I don’t think there’s anything that’s in stone, but you like to see obviously more practices, a preseason game or two and then maybe,” he said.
It is no secret that the Broncos ushered in some significant turnover under center in recent years. They had high hopes for quarterback Case Keenum last offseason before he largely underwhelmed during the 2018 campaign. General manager John Elway decided to switch things up once again through free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft.
Aside from bringing in Flacco and Hogan, Denver also invested a second-round pick in Lock as the future successor to Flacco. Many have already assumed he would fill in as the unquestioned backup role. However, Fangio seems adamant that he is far from becoming the starter they hope him to be. Despite his talent, it appears they may elect to take a patient approach with his development.
This means Hogan could have a legitimate shot at securing the backup job given the Broncos’ hesitance to play Lock right away if something happens to Flacco. It will be interesting to see not only which player Fangio picks, but when he makes the decision.