Broncos GM John Elway, coach Vic Fangio discuss free-agent signings, challenges of NFL shutdown – The Denver Post


Broncos general manager John Elway and coach Vic Fangio conducted a media conference call this morning.

The highlights:

*Fangio on the additions of cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey via trades from Jacksonville and Tennessee, respectively, and chiefly if it will allow him to run the kind of defense he prefers:

“Obviously, they’ve got experience in multiple systems so anything we might ask them to do for us, they should be capable from a mental standpoint. Again, it will be trial and error to see what best fits the 11 guys we have. I’m confident however our defense turns out and whatever defense it needs to be, these guys can fit in a multitude of schemes.”

*Fangio and Elway both commented on the signing of running back Melvin Gordon and how it impacts Phillip Lindsay:

Fangio: “I talked to Phillip yesterday and we really didn’t talk about that part of it. Phillip is a competitor. He’s just not going to give away his job and his carries. It’s pretty commonplace in the NFL to have two backs share the duties. There is a lot of work to be had for both. We’ll see how it unfolds.”

Elway: “We thought it was important to have two really good backs. We felt (Gordon) was a good combination with Phillip. … I’ve talked to Phillip’s agent. We’ll see what we can do later on. It’s not a guarantee anyway (extension or not).”

*Fangio and Elway were asked several questions about the logistics of the NFL due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fangio: “Luckily in my case and (for) a good bit of the other coaches, we experienced the 2011 lockout so there is some precedent for this. The only difference is the players are struggling at times to find a place to work out because most of the gyms and places they would have (trained) have been closed down. I’ve talked to a bunch of players in the last week or so and a lot of them are finding ways to get things done. The other difference is during the lockout, we weren’t allowed to contact the players. This situations allows us to do that and I’m sure we’ll come up with something to communicate with the players via iPad or Skype and all that good stuff and we’ll figure that out.”