The Denver Broncos announced the firing of head coach Vic Fangio on Sunday after a disappointing 7-10 season. The 63-year-old Fangio posted a 19-30 record in his three seasons with the AFC West franchise. He was hired in 2019 to replace fired coach Vance Jospeh, who had lasted two seasons in Denver. Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement: "This morning, [general manager] George Paton and I informed Vic of the decision to part ways with him as head coach of the Denver Broncos. For the last three seasons, Vic put his heart and soul into coaching the Broncos. I want to thank Coach Fangio for giving his maximum effort to our organization since the day he was hired."
Ellis said Paton will "have full authority" to pick the Broncos next coach. Said Paton: "Looking ahead, there's a lot of work to be done for us to take the next step. Winning is not easy, and we're going to embrace the opportunity to improve in every single area of our operation. Our search to find the next head coach of the Broncos will be a comprehensive, collaborative process. We're approaching it with an open mind and look forward to spending time with some outstanding candidates."
The Broncos won their first three games this season, but went on to lose four consecutive games. They also ended the season with four consecutive losses, including a 28-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday in Denver. Said Fangio: "It was an honor and privilege to serve as head coach of the Denver Broncos. I want to thank John Elway and Joe Ellis for giving me the opportunity to be part of this storied franchise and special community when they hired me three seasons ago. Over the past year, I am grateful to have been able to work with George Paton, one of -- in my opinion -- our league's best general managers. Broncos fans, you have a great one in George. The foundation is in place for this team to accomplish great things. The future is bright for the Denver Broncos, and I wish the organization nothing but the best."
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