New Broncos coach Vic Fangio brings track record of success to Denver

Vic Fangio

Vic Fangio

The Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, 60, has accepted Elway's offer to become the Denver Broncos' next head coach, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Wednesday. But Fangio remained in Chicago, where his impressive overhaul of the Bears defense has now led him to his first National Football League head coaching job. Fangio, age sixty, spent the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.

He replaces Vance Joseph, who posted the franchise's first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72 and was sacked on New Year's Eve with an 11-21 record. 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. "I think there are a lot of things that go into a head coach that it's a feel thing".

Since arriving with John Fox's coaching staff in 2015, Fangio directed the turnaround of the Bears defense that ranked 31st in points allowed per game in 2014 (27.6) to first in 2018 (17.7).

In 1979, Fangio got his start in coaching, as a high school linebackers coach. "Again, I hope that we can hire a guy that can be here for the next 10 years, 15 years". It also seems likely that Fangio will call the defensive plays in at least his first year, with whomever he names as defensive coordinator getting the title in name only.

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When word got out that Elway had chosen Fangio, Bears cornerback Prince Amukamar a tweeted the hashtag "curse words" and Chicago wide receiver Allen Robinson II tweeted the broken heart emoji.

Despite the experience and accolades, Fangio had hardly been considered as a head coach prior to January.

Kubiak coach the Broncos for two seasons and led them to the Super Bowl 50 championship three years ago.

The Bears are slated to travel to Denver for a road matchup on their 2019 schedule.

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