The Denver Broncos introduced a little bit Minnesota to the Mile Excessive Metropolis.
On Tuesday, earlier than the Broncos performed their remaining open coaching camp follow, head coach Vic Fangio joined star linebackers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb — and hundreds of followers — in a clap-chant.
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The mantra has change into popularized across the NFL, however its origins might be traced again to the Vikings — the soccer Vikings — who usually are hand-serenaded by followers throughout dwelling (and a few away) video games.
Fangio had zero qualms about main the choreography.
“I simply stated, ‘Hey, let’s go do it,” he stated.
And it was fully unprompted, a uncommon shoot-from-the-hip-moment for Fangio, who wanted no encouragement.
“No, he really requested me as a result of I used to be really going to go play catch with my coach and he was like, ‘Bradley come on, come do it with us’ and we simply did it collectively. It was fairly cool,” Chubb stated.
Fangio Ends Rookie Hazing
So far as urgent issues, the Broncos’ first-year head synthetic considerably of a shocking announcement following Tuesday’s follow, revealing that he’s discontinued rookie haircuts, an annual custom (and type of hazing) wherein younger gamers are subjected to comically horrible ‘dos by their superior counterparts.
“I simply don’t suppose it’s proper. I simply don’t consider in hazing,” Fangio stated. “There are traditions that keep put. Guys are getting up in entrance of the group and doing a little bit skit each evening. Perhaps a rookie’s carrying someone’s pads off the sphere and so forth or bringing within the donuts or the breakfast, however nothing bodily.”
That isn’t to say Fangio’s resolution has been universally well-received. Star extensive receiver Emmanuel Sanders admitted he’s “upset” concerning the sudden zero-tolerance to ” touching the rookies.”
“There was one rookie and I used to be going to inform him good job. I used to be like, ‘I can’t contact you, however good job.’ However yeah that was enjoyable,” Sanders informed reportrs. “However on the identical time, I respect Vic. I like that man. Simply how he comes within the conferences and breaks down situational soccer. And the way a lot he cares about his gamers, how he goes about teaching and every thing. It’s superior to see. So, if that’s how he desires it to go, that’s how it’s. However on the finish of the day it’s not about that. It’s about wins. And in order that’s what we try to do round right here.”
Fangio Displeased With Particular Groups
It wasn’t all enjoyable and video games because the Broncos readied for his or her third exhibition contest, a Monday Evening Soccer dwelling assembly with the San Francisco 49ers. Fangio is searching for important enchancment from the third aspect of the ball — particular groups — as a result of, frankly, Tom McMahon’s unit “didn’t play good the opposite evening in opposition to Seattle.”
“They took it to us fairly good,” Fangio stated. “Our return sport is up within the air as we’ve talked about right here earlier than so we have to, by the point we play Oakland, have some readability there. We don’t have any but. I like the best way [K Brandon] McManus is kicking the ball. We had an off-night punting the ball the opposite evening. Though the stats didn’t naked it out, he had a great roll one time and so they had a bunch of penalties of their return sport which statistically skewed the manufacturing of the punter. Hopefully that was only a one-game factor.”
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