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Broncos coach Vic Fangio plans to ‘establish a work ethic’ in Denver’s organization

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New Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio wants to make sure that the first thing he instills in the Broncos’ organization is a good work ethic, and in saying so, he used his former Chicago Bears club as an example:

“We have to establish a work ethic in the players here and work very hard in the acquisitions of players (in the draft and free agency),” said Fangio, according to Woody Paige of The Colorado Springs Gazette. “Here’s what happened to the Bears before I got there. What they were doing was putting Band-Aids on every little problem, hoping they would be a good team the next year. By the time we got there, they sucked. They were old, no young talent, no nothing. I’ve coached on two expansions teams in Carolina and with the Texans, and our roster on defense when I was hired was worse than those expansion team defenses.”

Harsh words by Fangio, but he ended up helping make the Bears’ a very successful defense, as Chicago won 12 games behind a strong defensive unit this past season.

“We can’t let that happen here. We can’t do everything to just get to 8-8 now and be 3-13 in 2021,” he added. “Does that mean that we won’t get a veteran in free agency that will help us for a year or two? We can do that. But we can’t go and throw a bunch of (stuff) against the wall and hope it sticks.”

Basically, Fangio is saying that the Broncos can’t keep looking for stopgaps and short-term solutions; they need a long-term plan, and he is absolutely right.