Fangio was blasted on social media following Denvers’ 16-14 loss to Tennessee after he failed to stop the clock with his remaining three timeouts and just a one-point lead, giving way for struggling kicker Stephen Gostkowski to make a 25-yard field goal in the closing seconds to win the game.
What was stranger than Fangio’s decision not to use a timeout until the final two seconds was his explanation postgame.
“It was two-fold. One, their field goal kicker had obviously been having his problems. I didn’t want to extend the drive so they could get closer,” the second-year head coach explained.
Gostkowski did have a rough debut, having one attempt sent wide right, another wide left and the third blocked. He also managed to miss an extra point.
Fangio was banking on another missed field goal, but this play was in the final 20 seconds of the game.
“No. 2, we would’ve used the timeout but we got the running back out of bounds. We would’ve used the second timeout but they threw an incompletion, which would’ve given us one left when we got the ball back. That was part of our thinking there.”
But Twitter wasn’t buying it.
Fangio will have a chance to redeem himself when the Broncos take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.