Denver Broncos go with Vic Fangio as head coach

10 January, 2019, 10:27 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Freddie Kitchens and Vic Fangio

Elway leaned on experience, hiring Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as Denver's new head coach, sources tell Denver7's Troy Renck. Now they will find out at least a little about how Fangio might've worked as a head coach, with Fangio leaving to coach the Denver Broncos and the Broncos looming as a road trip on the Bears 2019 schedule.

Fangio signed a four-year contract, according to an ESPN report.

Fangio, 60, is the architect of the league's No. 1 scoring defense in 2018 but has never been a head coach on any level.

Fangio is well-traveled as a defensive assistant or coordinator in the National Football League, a streak going back to 1986 when he was first hired to coach linebackers for the New Orleans Saints.

According to Fangio's bio page on the Bears' website, he's spent 32 years in the NFL.

Fangio replaces Vance Joseph, who was sacked on New Year's Eve after posting the franchise's first back-to-back losing seasons since the early 1970s.

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With the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers arguable the two best teams in the AFC, the Broncos had to be both aggressive and bold. "I think there are a lot of things that go into a head coach that it's a feel thing". The Broncos went 11-21 with their last defensive-minded coach that had no previous head-coaching experience.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks echoed those thoughts.

The Eagles had taken the lead when Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL's stingiest defense.

After news broke, Bears receiver Allen Robinson shared his thoughts on Twitter. Bowles has most recently run 3-4 schemes in both NY and Arizona, and Chicago's defensive personnel would be a much better fit than the Bucs, who have run a 4-3 as their base defense since 1990.

Fangio beat out Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak for the job on Wednesday, reinforcing the belief that Elway very much wants total control over getting this team's offense back on track.

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