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

10 January, 2019, 10:29 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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In addition to hiring Fangio as their head coach, the Broncos are expected to hire Gary Kubiak as the team's offensive coordinator.

Fangio came to Chicago before the 2015 season after not getting the head coaching job with the 49ers, where he was the defensive coordinator for the previous four years. The decision, on the surface, may seem perplexing.

Denver is done with its head coach search.

Although Fangio, who turns 61 in August, has no National Football League head coaching experience, he has been an assistant for 32 years in the National Football League and 34 seasons overall, beginning with the Philadelphia Stars of the old USFL in 1984.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks echoed those thoughts. "I got a lot of respect for him, and so does the entire defense. Even though he's a tough love guy, his players love him, and I think that speaks volumes about his character".

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).


After news broke, Bears receiver Allen Robinson shared his thoughts on Twitter.

Former Jets coach Todd Bowles, a longtime friend of Nagy's, could also be in play as a candidate.

Fangio comes into the position with a sterling reputation as a defensive wizard. He treats people the right way. "Those are two things that I look for".

Fangio has never been a head coach at any level.

The easy answer to the latter is in the person of secondary coach Ed Donatell, who has been defensive coordinator for Atlanta, Green Bay and Washington. That led to Fangio's arrival in Chicago. The group is led by Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller.

And if the Broncos can't eventually get back on track with Fangio in charge, Elway, having taken the road less traveled in the 2019 coaching cycle and in total control, should start to worry about his own job security.

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