Drew Lock, Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were all found to be in violation of the NFL’s coronavirus safety protocols forcing the team to go with wide receiver Kendall Hinton as the starter against the Saints. Needless to say, on such short notice, the chemistry just wasn’t there for the team or for the quarterback who hadn’t thrown a pass since his college days.
Fangio addressed the Broncos’ COVID debacle after the game.
“I was disappointed on several levels that our quarterbacks put us in that position, that our quarterbacks 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, according to The Athletic.
“I haven't done a good enough job of selling the protocols to them when they're on their own. That's on me.”
Hinton was 1-for-9 with 13 passing yards in the pinch.
The Broncos are under investigation by the NFL for possibly violating the league’s safety protocols, ESPN reported.
The four quarterbacks weren’t wearing their masks the whole time they were together on Wednesday as required by the league’s pandemic protocols – just a day before Driskel tested positive, the Associated Press reported.
The league is coming down on violators. Multiple reports on Sunday said the NFL had fined the Saints $500,000 and docked them a 2021 seventh-round draft pick for breaking safety protocols. The New England Patriots were also fined $350,000.
Fox News' Paulina Dedaj and the Associated Press contributed to this report