July 27, 2021

Vic Fangio: Broncos have a Passing Game Problem, not a Drew Lock Problem

To hear Broncos coach Vic Fangio explain it, his team doesn’t have a Drew Lock Problem despite Lock’s four interceptions since returning from a right shoulder injury.

“As a team, we just need to fix our entire passing game,” Fangio replied Monday when asked what Lock’s major issues were in Sunday’s 43-16 loss to Kansas City.

So the Broncos have a Passing Game Problem.

“We just haven’t thrown it very efficiently the last two weeks and that’s an 11-man operation and that’s us as coaches — we’re all in it together,” Fangio said. “We have to go to work on that and it has to improve, no doubt about it.”

Fangio’s response was undoubtedly calculated.

Lock has posted passer ratings of 34.9 and 57.7 — the lowest and third-lowest of his nine career starts — in the past two games. But instead of singling him out, which would have fueled speculation about the Broncos’ opinion of Lock, Fangio indicted the whole operation.

Make it an issue of the entire offense struggling and Fangio can still throw his support behind Lock. In the major statistical passing metrics, the Broncos are falling short.

They rank 26th or worse in passing yards per game (209.2; 26th), passing yards per play (6.09; 27th), touchdown passes (six; 29th), passer rating (68.1; 30th) and completion percentage (57.8%, 31st).

The Broncos’ 10 interceptions are tied for second-most in the NFL and on third down, a primary passing play for teams, they are 30th (35.9%).

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