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Broncos coach Vic Fangio admits Leonard Fournette pushed them around in Week 4

The Denver Broncos have quickly fallen into a 0-4 hole through the first month of the 2019 season.

The latest loss came on Sunday in a disappointing effort that saw the Jacksonville Jaguars muscle out a 26-23 win behind star running back Leonard Fournette, finishing with a career-high 225 rushing yards. Following the game, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio voiced his frustration with how his defense performed against the Jaguars, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.


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“They were pushing us around, and he’s a big back,” Fangio said. “He broke tackles and moved the pile and we got whipped. … There were some good things defensively there, there was for a half; in the second half, you’re going to have to look long and hard to find it. We just got whipped there; I can’t ever remember being in a game like that where they might have had 300 yards rushing.”

There is much truth to Fangio’s comments as the Jaguars offense had their way primarily behind the running game. They totaled 269 rushing yards while averaging 7.1 yards per carry, which fueled their second-half comeback.


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Denver simply had no answer for Fournette’s bruising running style that led to yet another discouraging outcome. That saw Fournette put up 190 rushing yards in the second half, including 139 yards in the third quarter alone topped by an 81-yard run.

This lackadaisical effort on that side of the ball is something that Fangio is hoping the team can use to finally get on the right path this season.

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