AFC Notes: Broncos, Jaguars, Raiders


Following Sunday’s loss to the Saints, Broncos HC Vic Fangio said he was disappointed that their quarterbacks put them in the position they did.

“I was disappointed on several levels, that our QBs put us in that position, that our QBs put the league in that position. We count on them to be the leaders of our team, the leaders of our offense, and those guys made a mistake,” Fangio said, per Lindsay Jones

  • Fangio added: “I haven’t done a good enough job of selling the protocols to them when they’re on their own. That’s on me.” (Lindsay Jones)
  • Fangio is hoping that they will get their quarterbacks back on Tuesday. (Mike Klis)
  • According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos lobbied the league to allow them to sign offensive quality control coach Rob Calabrese to play quarterback this week. However, the league declined as it doesn’t want teams stashing players as coaches. 
  • Denver felt Calabrese had a strong command of the offense and could run it the best of anyone. Instead, practice squad WR Kendall Hinton who played quarterback in college will get the start. 
  • The Broncos also pushed hard to have the game moved to Tuesday, as that would have given their quarterbacks a chance to clear the protocol as high-risk contacts. (James Palmer)
  • The Broncos are under investigation by the NFL for potential COVID-19 protocol violations as has been standard for teams in this situation this year. (Schefter)
  • Because Broncos HC Vic Fangio was fined earlier this year for not wearing a mask during the games, Denver will be susceptible to punishment as repeat offenders. 
  • The Broncos quarterbacks who landed on the COVID-19 list were reportedly not forthcoming with contact tracers and did not wear masks during some interactions together, leading to their designation as high-risk close contacts. (Mark Maske)


  • Jaguars owner Shad Khan spoke to HC Doug Marrone after Sunday’s game to confirm that the decision to fire GM Dave Caldwell has no bearing on him or his coaching staff. (Ian Rapoport)
  • Khan informed Marrone that he and his staff are secure through the end of the 2020 season.
  • After the game, Marrone said he’s not ready to answer questions about which quarterback they’ll start in Week 13. Marrone did, however, say that Mike Glennon played well and that his performance will obviously be a factor in the decision. (Michael DiRocco)


  • When asked if he’s concerned about RB Josh Jacobs‘ injured ankle and CB Damon Arnette, Raiders HC Jon Gruden said: “Obviously there is.” (Paul Gutierrez)
  • Gruden added that they hope to get Clellin Ferrell, Lamarcus Joyner and Trent Brown back soon.
  • Raiders G Denzelle Good injured an ankle but was able come back to play.
  • CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora says the Raiders are coming up in league circles as a team that could make some coaching staff changes on the defensive side of the ball. Las Vegas’ defensive coordinator is Paul Guenther.

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