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

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

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

There are plenty of the next chapters coming, but when John Elway named Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as the Broncos' 17th head coach, he chose experience, the benefits of a long résumé and a track record in the National Football League that is now into its fourth decade.

Schefter said it will be a four-year deal plus a team option for a fifth. The first being Fangio while the other was Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, according to ESPN. The decision, on the surface, may seem perplexing.

Fangio served as the Bears' defensive coordinator for four seasons.

Kitchens was one of several candidates to interview for the job, including the Minnesota Vikings' interim OC Kevin Stefanski, Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell and former Detroit Lions boss Jim Caldwell.

Since arriving with John Fox's coaching staff in 2015, Fangio directed the turnaround of the Bears defense that ranked 31st in points allowed per game in 2014 (27.6) to first in 2018 (17.7).

The hires mean that only the Jets, Dolphins and Bengals remain in the hunt for their next head coach. In each of the final three years of his 49ers tenure, Fangio's defenses finished in the top-three for scoring.

"I'm excited, especially as a defensive guy".

Brought in by new head coach John Fox, he introduced the "3-4" defense to the team, and his unit made yearly progress with the team even though their record didn't indicate it. "What he does defensively, but on top of that, too, I think he's such a great human being". After Harbaugh and the 49ers parted ways, Fangio was released from his contract and went to Chicago. That led to Fangio's arrival in Chicago.

The team fired Vance Joseph last month at the conclusion of a 6-10 campaign that saw the Broncos miss the playoffs for the third straight year since winning Super Bowl 50.

Fangio replaces Joseph, who lasted only two full seasons in Denver.

The Bears are slated to travel to Denver for a road matchup on their 2019 schedule.

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