Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Former 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio named Broncos 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
Kristopher Love | 09 January, 2019, 22:57

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. Munchak's interview was conducted on Friday.

The three who won AFC West titles during their tenures - Shanahan, John Fox and Gary Kubiak - each had long National Football League résumés, with two decades in coaching and Kubiak also having spent nine years as a player - before the Broncos hired them for the head-coaching job.

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

In January of 2017, when Kyle Shanahan took over as 49ers head coach, reports circulated that Fangio was one of Shanahan's top defensive coordinator candidates.

Denver completed its interview with Fangio on Monday, a day after the Bears were eliminated from the playoffs.

Landing Fangio is shades of the John Fox hire in 2011. 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. The personnel were largely the same but Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton explained the mindset change as going from being attack dogs under Ryan to being guard dogs under the bend-but don't-break Tobin. I want the guys that understand the game, they understand X's and O's but also have the ability to lead men.

While he was a great coordinator it will be interesting to see who was more responsible for the uptick this season, Mack and Roquan Smith or the evolution of Fangio's defense.

The Eagles had taken the lead when Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL's stingiest defense. "They get takeaways, they play tight coverage and they got a great run defense", Miller said. The Bears have improved each season under Fangio. "I got a lot of respect for him, and so does the entire defense".