Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Bears DC Vic Fangio to become Broncos head coach

Bears DC Vic Fangio to become Broncos head coach

The Denver Broncos have chose to go all in on their stronger side of the roster with the news that they're hiring Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to be their new head coach.

Fangio interviewed with the Broncos on Monday and was offered the job by Broncos president of football operations John Elway.

Schefter said it will be a four-year deal plus a team option for a fifth. Fangio, age sixty, spent the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears. In six of his past nine seasons as coordinator for the 49ers and Bears, Fangio has seen his defenses finish in the top 10 in both of those categories.

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. They accomplished that in the overall with Matt Nagy more than doubling the year-before win total of Fox and now face the daunting challenge of maintaining and bettering the performance of a unit that under Fangio went from top 10 in 2017 to top five in 2018. "I think there are a lot of things that go into a head coach that it's a feel thing".

Fangio became a popular head coaching candidate after consistently fielding stellar defenses over the greater part of the past decade.

Elway said he also plans to take a self-assessment this month to review the moves he's made that have led to Denver's three-year playoff drought since Peyton Manning retired a month after the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 title.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks echoed those thoughts. 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.

Fangio has never been a head coach at any level.

"I want them to be great on one side of the ball and great at what they do - whatever that position that may be - whether it be a coordinator or whatever they've done", Elway said last week. The group is led by Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller.

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