Vic Fangio Named Denver Broncos Head Coach

Jan 10, 2019, 01:11
Vic Fangio Named Denver Broncos Head Coach

It's down to two for the Denver Broncos.

After a year as an assistant in the USFL, Fangio was hired as a linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints in 1986, and he has been on an National Football League staff every year since, save for 2010 when he was Stanford's defensive coordinator.

The Broncos have reached an agreement to name Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as the team's new coach, according to several reports.

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The Broncos finished 6-10 this season and failed to make the playoffs. At 60 years old, Fangio is among the oldest head coaches in the league when so many teams are looking to go with younger offensive coaches or even dive into the pool of college candidates. Fangio has been coaching since the late 1970s and has climbed the coaching latter and has experienced vast amounts of success at the game's highest level.

Denver is done with its head coach search.

Fangio has 19 years of coordinating experience for the Panthers, Colts, Texans, 49ers and Bears. Kubiak and Elway will spend the next two months figuring out if they can endure another season with Keenum or go back to the land of free agency. He did a strong job of putting together a staff a year ago, but Fangio and the defense was already in place.

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

Fangio was also defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2010.

This is a team that was built on defense last season. I want the guys that understand the game, they understand X's and O's but also have the ability to lead men.

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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. 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.