The Broncos have reached an agreement with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to become the team's next head coach, ESPN reported , citing unidentified sources.
This is the first head coaching job for the 60-year-old, but he has more than 30 years of coaching experience in the NFL. The Broncos reached an agreement with Fangio on a four-year contract with a fifth-year option, National Football League sources confirmed, making him the 17th head coach in franchise history.
Munchak just completed his fifth season with the Steelers after having spent the previous 31 years with the Houston Oilers/Titans franchise, first as a player and then as a coach. In his final season leading the Bears defense, they ranked as the No. 3 overall defense while boasting the NFL's best run-stopping defense.
Fangio certainly hopes so because he's waited decades to be a head coach and show he can be exactly that guy.
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 love playing for that guy", Hicks said.
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"I like it a lot. Even though he's a tough love guy, his players love him, and I think that speaks volumes about his character".
After news broke, Bears receiver Allen Robinson shared his thoughts on Twitter. The Bears promptly signed Fangio as their new defensive coordinator.
Former Jets coach Todd Bowles, a longtime friend of Nagy's, could also be in play as a candidate. He previously served as defensive coordinator for the 49ers, Texans, Colts and Panthers. "That's what it comes down to for me", Stokley said. "Those are two things that I look for".
Despite the experience and accolades, Fangio had hardly been considered as a head coach prior to January. In SF, Fangio had an immediate impact as the 49ers had a league-high 35 takeaways in his first season with the team.
Fangio takes over as the Broncos' head coach after Vance Joseph was sacked after compiling a 11-21 record in two seasons. He did a strong job of putting together a staff past year, but Fangio and the defense was already in place.