Broncos Hire Vic Fangio As New Head Coach

Vic Fangio spent four years as the Bears' defensive coordinator. | Nam Y. Huh  Associated Press

Vic Fangio spent four years as the Bears' defensive coordinator. | Nam Y. Huh Associated Press

Broncos executive John Elway was reportedly decided between Mike Munchak and Fangio to replace Vance Joseph as the team's head coach and Fangio apparently won out after being interviewed in Chicago on Monday.

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Fangio was one of just two internal candidates interviewed for the 49ers' head coach vacancy following the 2014 season - a job that eventually went to Jim Tomsula, who served as Fangio's defensive line coach. "Giving that opportunity, the resources behind him that we can give him, I think it's a great job". "Again, I hope that we can hire a guy that can be here for the next 10 years, 15 years". Though his specialty is defense, talking to him reveals a coach who understands all facets of the game. The 60-year-old coordinator has been with the Bears since 2015 and came over after a few years with Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers.

This will also be the biggest decision of Matt Nagy young coaching career.

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The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the hiring. He does things the right way.

Despite the experience and accolades, Fangio had hardly been considered as a head coach prior to January.

Much as former Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips used to draw praise from players less than half his age, Fangio was greatly respected in the Bears' locker room.

The Bears and Broncos are scheduled to play next season in Denver. It's why, after Elway sifted through the injuries of the past season, including seven players who had started multiple games on offense who ended the season on injured reserve, the trades of Demaryius Thomas and Aqib Talib, and the close losses in eight games against teams that made this year's playoffs, he still fired Joseph. The Broncos collected 44 sacks, a spike from 33 in 2017, and netted 28 takeaways, fifth best, and 11 more than last season.

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