Denver Broncos pick Vic Fangio as new head coach

Denver Broncos pick Vic Fangio as new head coach

The Denver Broncos have narrowed their coaching search to Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, sources told ESPN.

That's why Matt Nagy chose to keep Fangio on his staff when he took over as head coach in January of 2018, and his defense this past season was at their best. The decision, on the surface, may seem perplexing. He's spent the last four seasons as a position coach with the Steelers.

Vic Fangio has had that kind of impact on the Bears' defense over the past four seasons and that hasn't been lost on those in the National Football League interested in giving him a chance to lead a team for the first time in his career. The Bears allowed a league-low 17.7 points per game and 299.7 yards per game, the third-fewest in the league, this past season.

A year after coach Matt Nagy made the important move to retain Fangio, he now must find the replacement as defensive coordinator.

Both Von Miller and Bradley Chubb form a 1-2 tandem that Fangio can utilize to help the Broncos build toward respectability again, although the team will need significant help on offense, both among personnel and coaching staff.

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Before the Bears, he served as defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014, he held the same title for the Houston Texans (2002-2005), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001) and Carolina Panthers (1995-1998). However, Bowles has not signed a contract yet and was not officially announced to the job in Tampa, meaning he still could accept the role in Chicago. "What he does defensively, but on top of that, too, I think he's such a great human being. Those are two things that I look for, and there are guys we have feel for", Elway said last week.

Fangio was sacked shortly after Jim Harbaugh was let go after the 2014 season concluded.

The Broncos fired former coach Vance Joseph on December 31 after he posted 5-11 and 6-10 records in his two seasons at the helm.

The Bears and Broncos are scheduled to play next season in Denver.

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