AFC Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders

     

Broncos

While the results for Broncos QB Drew Lock in his first season as a starter have been mixed, 2020 has been a unique year that hasn’t been conducive to developing a young passer. When weighing Denver’s options for 2020, HC Vic Fangio noted that building continuity with Lock and OC Pat Shurmur to allow him to take potentially another step would be part of the equation. 

“There’s no doubt about it that continuity, especially as it relates to a QB can have a tremendous positive effect,” Fangio said via KUSA’s Mike Klis. “You see it around the league with a lot of successful QBs, both young and older… You see it where the continuity ends up paying off. Players develop better, particularly the quarterback and hopefully we’ll be able to get that done with Drew here.”

Chargers

  • Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline says Chargers HC Anthony Lynn basically needs a miracle at this point to avoid being fired. 

Raiders

When coordinators are fired midseason, there’s only so much their replacements can do to change things without the benefit of an entire offseason and training camp to install a system. That’s exacerbated for the Raiders and new DC Rod Marinelli this week, as they had just three days to prepare for a Thursday night tilt against the Chargers after making a change on the defensive coaching staff. There’s also a number of injuries for Marinelli to deal with on defense but he said his focus will start small this week. 

“We feel we got a good handle on who’s up, and I think at that point you show belief in men,” Marinelli said via Levi Edwards of the team’s official website. “And we’re going to get it done. I don’t care who’s up, who’s not. But the non-talented things, the things that take no talent: effort, hustle, knowing exactly what to do, being disciplined, staying onsides. That takes no talent. That just takes guys that want to. I’m going to build off of want-to this week. It’s a short week, but that’s what I enjoy and rally men around, to really go play hard and fast in any circumstances.”

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