Broncos make interesting hire in Vic Fangio as head coach

Broncos make interesting hire in Vic Fangio as head coach

Broncos make interesting hire in Vic Fangio as head coach

The Bears thought enough of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to grant him at least a courtesy interview for their head-coaching job after John Fox was dispatched.

Elway said when he began his search for his fourth head coach in six seasons that he values experience but also recognizes the need to modernize the Broncos' offensive and defensive schemes to keep up with the run-pass option craze that has swept through the National Football League and rendered traditional systems antiquated.

Fangio signed a four-year contract, according to an ESPN report. At 60 years old and after serving as a defensive coordinator in the league for 19 years, he will be the oldest first-time head coach roaming the sidelines when the 2019 season kicks off. The next task Fangio assumed was revamping a Chicago Bears defense that ranked No. 30 after the 2014 season.

Fangio takes over as the Broncos' head coach after Vance Joseph was sacked after compiling a 11-21 record in two seasons. The players played hard for Joseph through the struggles of the past two seasons, and many in the Broncos' complex have repeatedly said they respected how Joseph conducted himself. He's expected to be introduced as the club's 17th head coach on Thursday. Fangio has never been a head coach at any level prior to this appointment, but now has an experienced hand to lean on.

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'm excited, especially as a defensive guy".

A year after coach Matt Nagy made the important move to retain Fangio, he now must find the replacement as defensive coordinator. He was chosen over fellow finalist Mike Munchak, the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and will replace Vance Joseph following a 6-10 season.

After news broke, Bears receiver Allen Robinson shared his thoughts on Twitter. He inherits a Denver defense that finished 13th in scoring at 21.8 points per game last season.

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