Broncos' headcoach Fangio not pleased with the Baltimore Ravens
The Broncos' head coach was less than pleased when asked his opinion on the last play of the game on Sunday night.
Vic Fangio is not happy with Baltimore
On Monday, Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio was clear and firm in his criticism of the Baltimore Ravens' record breaking achievement against his team on Sunday night. In a game which the Broncos lost 27-3, the Ravens - on the last play of the game - opted to try to beat a decades old record for consecutive games with 100 yards in rushing.
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Quarterback Lamar Jackson was the player tasked with carrying the ball with just three seconds on the clock. Jackson managed to gain five yards thereby tying an NFL record of 43 consecutive 100-yard rushing games. The Pittsburgh Steelers set the record in the 1974 to 1977 seasons.
"I thought it was kind of bulls---. I expected it from them,'' Fangio said. "Thirty-seven years of pro ball I've never seen anything like that ... but it was to be expected, and we expected it.'' Pressed on why the Broncos "expected it and Fangio added: "Because I just know how they operate, that's just their mode of operations there; player safety is secondary." Incidentally Fangio was a Ravens assistant coach from 2006 to 2009, working alongside John Harbaugh in his first two seasons as head coach in 2008 and 2009.
John Harbaugh speaks on the last play and Fangio
"It's one of those things that's meaningful," Harbaugh said. "It's a very, very tough record to accomplish. It's a long-term record. So, I'm not going to say it's more important than winning the game, for sure. It's certainly not. But, as a head coach, I think you do that for your players and you do that for your coaches, and that's something they'll have for the rest of their lives.''.
Asked about Vic Fangio's comments and Harbaugh seemed surprised "I thought we were on good terms," he said Monday. "We had a nice chat before the game. We've known each other for a long time. I promise you, I'm not going to give that insult one second thought." The Broncos' coach continued to maintain his stancce, finally saying, "What's meaningful to us might not be meaningful to them. We're not going to concern ourselves with that."
Vic Fangio stands firm
When questioned about whether it was a sportsmanship vs player safety, Fangio said: "All of the above." Fangio added he believed that hits on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater should have been penalties, though they were not flagged. Some of the players, however, were less moved. "Honestly, I don't give a sh-- about that last play, more so care about the plays through the game,'' Broncos safety Kareem Jackson said.
His teammate Noah Fant echoed the sentiment saying, "I wasn't really offended by it; it just kind of seemed like, obviously, the statistical things are important to them. If it was me, I'm getting a win and getting out of there. To each his own. ... We still lost, that's all that matters to me; that's all that matters to us.''