Vic Fangio still has ‘great confidence’ in Broncos RB Melvin Gordon

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The Denver Broncos have split carries between veteran Melvin Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams this season, which has helped keep both backs fresh.

The results have been mostly positive, with the biggest complaint from fans being that both backs should be getting more carries each week. After Gordon’s recent fumbles, though, fans are starting to call for only Williams to have a larger role.

During his Zoom press conference Monday, Broncos coach Vic Fangio was asked about his confidence level in Gordon following his recent fumbles.

“I have great confidence in Melvin,” Fangio said. “Melvin’s one of the top backs in this league. He has fumbled it twice in the last three weeks as you mentioned. That’s something he has to put extra emphasis on to protect the ball moving forward, and that’s something that him and [running backs coach] Curtis [Modkins] will do.”

That’s a diplomatic answer from Fangio, who of course wasn’t going to throw his player under the bus and hurt the RB’s confidence. If Gordon doesn’t clean up his ball security, though, the calls for Williams to be more involved will only become louder as the season goes on.

Williams is the team’s RB of the future, and fans want him to be the No. 1 back of the present as well. Fangio doesn’t seem ready to make that decision just yet, but it’s a situation worth watching in the coming weeks.

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