Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

With Vic Fangio, Broncos go with experience and toughness

Report Todd Bowles to choose between Bucs Bears defensive coordinator jobs Report Todd Bowles to choose between Bucs Bears defensive coordinator jobs
Cary Erickson | 09 January, 2019, 21:41

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.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - In hiring Vic Fangio, the Denver Broncos are returning to a formula they trust.

Fangio became a popular head coaching candidate after consistently fielding stellar defenses over the greater part of the past decade. So, instead of going with a fresh-faced offensive-minded coach in the mold of the Rams' Sean McVay, he zeroed in on the grizzled teacher who's more like his first head coaching hire, John Fox, or the Chiefs' Andy Reid.

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. He's built dominant defenses in different eras, successfully adapting to changes in personnel, philosophies and style.

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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.

Four Chicago defenders were selected to the Pro Bowl under his watch in 2018: pass rusher Khalil Mack, safety Eddie Jackson, lineman Akiem Hicks and cornerback Kyle Fuller. I want the guys that understand the game, they understand Xs and Os but also have the ability to lead men.

A year after coach Matt Nagy made the important move to retain Fangio, he now must find the replacement as defensive coordinator. Bowles has most recently run 3-4 schemes in both NY and Arizona, and Chicago's defensive personnel would be a much better fit than the Bucs, who have run a 4-3 as their base defense since 1990. This season, he orchestrated the top defense in the NFL.

"The Bears have been doing it right". "I feel like the Bears definitely got a defense that can go all the way".