Broncos coach Vic Fangio on Wednesday condemned the racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments by Jon Gruden revealed in emails that led to his resignation Monday night as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Raiders, now led by interim coach Rich Bisaccia, travel Sunday to face the Broncos.
“There is no place in the world, let alone our league, for the opinions that have been expressed and especially the words used to express those opinions,” said Fangio. “Myself and the organization (Broncos) are definitely against this. It was a bad situation.
Security Justin Simmons said Gruden’s debacle was discussed by him and his teammates in the Broncos’ locker room.
“It can be worrisome at times because you just don’t know people’s intentions, thoughts and motives and their heart postures,” Simmons said.
Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater expects Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to lead his team through the turmoil.
“Knowing Derek personally, I know he’s a guy who will rally these guys together,” Bridgewater said. “He’s a great leader, a great man and a lot of people respect him. I know he’s a guy who can put his troops together and keep them focused.
Gordon, Jackson sits down. Running back Melvin Gordon (lower leg) and safety back Kareem Jackson (back) did not practice Wednesday.
Gordon’s training time has been managed for the past three weeks. Fangio said Jackson should be “fine – he’s feeling a lot better (Wednesday)”.
Cornerback / special team Mike Ford (leg) did not train and was ruled out for several weeks.
Bridgewater has become a full participant again after his shots were limited last week due to the concussion protocol.
“It really allows me to spend more time diving into the game plan on a day like (Wednesday) compared to last week (when) I had to do different tests and things like that,” Bridgewater said.
Brown joins the WR room. Veteran wide receiver John Brown trained for the first time since signing with the practice team on Tuesday.
Brown, 31, has 320 catches (31 touchdowns) for 4,478 yards in 96 games for Arizona, Baltimore and Buffalo. He was released by Las Vegas on August 31.
“How quickly he can join (and play in matches), we’ll see,” Fangio said. “These next three days will tell. Obviously, coming cold with no experience in our system, he has a hard time learning it. We’ll see what he looks like and what he can learn and make a decision by the end of the week. … He’s fast, he’s a great catcher and he runs well after catching him.
Local sports fan. Two weeks ago Fangio wore a Rocky Mountain windbreaker at his press conference on Wednesday and this week it was a Gabriel Landeskog No. 92 Avalanche jersey. Fangio said he texted Avalanche coach Jared Bednar earlier this week.
“I’m a sports fan,” said Fangio, who has attended Rockies, Nuggets and CU basketball games since joining the Broncos. “I haven’t seen an Avs game yet, but I need to attend. I like the competition. I love to see great athletes play. And I love to see young athletes playing a high school game.