Broncos hire Bears DC Vic Fangio as new head coach, reports say

Posted January 10, 2019

At 60 years old, Fangio is among the oldest head coaches in the league when so many teams are looking to go with younger offensive coaches or even dive into the pool of college candidates. "If he wants to be a head coach one day, I want him to take a job and be a head coach".

The Broncos finished 6-10 this season and failed to make the playoffs. The next task Fangio assumed was revamping a Chicago Bears defense that ranked No. 30 after the 2014 season.

The Broncos have reached an agreement with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to become the team's next head coach, ESPN reported , citing unidentified sources.

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In 19 seasons with several different National Football League teams, Fangio's defenses have ranked in the top 10 in yards given up and points against eight times.

Munchak just completed his fifth season with the Steelers after having spent the previous 31 years with the Houston Oilers/Titans franchise, first as a player and then as a coach. The players played hard for Joseph through the struggles of the past two seasons, and many in the Broncos' complex have repeatedly said they respected how Joseph conducted himself.

Elway concurred with star cornerback Chris Harris Jr.'s assessment last week that the Broncos need to modernize their offensive and defensive schemes to keep up with teams such as the Rams and Chiefs, who have fully embraced the run-pass option craze and other college concepts.

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Fangio has 19 years of coordinating experience for the Panthers, Colts, Texans, 49ers and Bears.

This is a team that was built on defense last season. He did a strong job of putting together a staff a year ago, but Fangio and the defense was already in place.

"I think the right kind of guy wants to come into a situation like this because he knows what the expectations are and what our expectations have been for a long period of time", Elway said.

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Instead, the Bears' season ended earlier than expected and now the man Mack dubbed an "evil genius" will join Miller in Denver.