ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As a 32-year NFL coaching veteran, Head Coach Vic Fangio has seen several generations of defensive stars.
And as the Pro Football Hall of Fame vote approaches, Fangio offered his thoughts on the candidacies Champ Bailey, Steve Atwater and John Lynch. The three former Broncos are among the 15 Modern-Era finalists for the Class of 2019.
On Champ Bailey:
"Champ Bailey for a long time — in many ways playing corner in this league, some people think is the hardest position to play. You’re out there having to defend the passing game in one-on-one situations many times. He was obviously one of the best that did that, and I’m sure he’ll be voted in."
On John Lynch:
"John had a great career in Tampa. That’s where he made most of his mark, and then he came here and finished up with four years and continued to play well here."
On Steve Atwater:
"Steve’s career was going on when I first got into the league. The safety position has changed since Steve played, but back in that day, Steve was one of the best their way. He played both the run and the pass equally well."
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will select the Class of 2019 on Feb. 2.