Gotsis loves ‘competing mentality’ Fangio brings to defense, team

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws over Denver Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis (99) in the first half at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Gotsis is entering his fourth year as a member of the Denver Broncos, and he’s still looking for a breakout season. He might just have one under new head coach Vic Fangio and new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. Gotsis joined Les Shapiro and Eric Goodman of Afternoon Drive on Mile High Sports AM 1340 | FM 104.7 to talk about some of the defensive changes for this season.

With a new coaching staff will come changes, and Gotsis is already impressed. “I’m excited, it’s something fresh, it’s something I think that we can be out there and be a really effective defensive line.”

The biggest change that Gotsis has noticed has come in the form of variety. “I just think a bit more variation in the calls,” he noted. He, along with many, felt that last year “teams would already know what we would be lining up in before we would line up in it.”

Not only is there a wider variety of calls, Gotsis also feels that Fangio has brought more competition to the team. “That’s what it’s about, that’s what makes a better football team and that’s something Fangio preaches is that competing mentality,” he said of his new head coach. “If you’re not competing, you’re not getting better and you’re not making the guy next to you better.”

Gotsis and the rest of the defense hope that competitive mentality brings more turnovers. “If you can be in the top five in the league in takeaways, that’s gonna take you deep into the playoffs, hopefully,” Gotsis said. “That’s one of our goals as a defense this year; finish top five in takeaways, and if we can do that, that can be really effective.”

You can listen to the full interview with Gotsis below, including what he had to say about playing in a contract year.

Catch Afternoon Drive with Goodman and Shapiro every weekday from 4p-6p on Mile High Sports FM 104.7 | AM1340 or stream live any time for the best local coverage of Colorado sports from Denver’s biggest sports talk lineup. Download the all-new free Mile High Sports Radio mobile app for Apple or Android.

SHARE