Head Coach Vic Fangio can’t control how long the virtual voluntary offseason program lasts, but the way things are going, he says the Broncos don’t expect to hit the field together for a while.
“Right now, we won’t be on the field until training camp,” Fangio said Tuesday. “If that changes between now and then, then we will adjust.”
As the NFL continues its gradual process of reopening facilities amid the novel coronavirus epidemic, the next step may be to bring coaches back to their respective offices.
“It doesn’t change anything as far as our relations with the players because they still won’t be allowed in up to that point,” Fangio said. “We will continue to meet with them and communicate with them the way we have been in the last couple months. It would serve a good purpose for us as coaches to get back in there to where we can meet together, to where we can get used to the new protocols that all the buildings are going to have moving forward as it relates to the virus and the control of it. There would be a lot of good that could come of it when that does happen. Hopefully it will happen for us soon, but I really don’t know if and when that will happen.”
In the meantime, the Broncos continue their virtual work. Making the most of this time might be vital for the Broncos’ young starting quarterback, Drew Lock, but Fangio says Lock is doing well.
“I think he’s done a great job learning the new offense,” Fangio said. “He’s done a great job with [Offensive Coordinator] Pat [Shurmur] and [Quarterbacks Coach] Mike Shula and dealing with them on a daily basis with the Zoom meetings. I know he’s leading workouts with the players locally here where some of them get together and try and run the routes and the new concepts we’re teaching. He’s ready to go. He’s chomping at the bit and all is good on that front right now.”