Broncos coaching search down to two

Ross Houston
January 9, 2019

A highly-respected defensive coordinator in the pros since 1999, and a defensive mind in the National Football League since 1986 when he became the Saints' linebackers coach, Fangio interviewed for the vacant 49ers head coaching position after Jim Harbaugh, his boss, had irreconcilable difference with the organization at the end of the 2014 season.

The gig is Fangio's first as head coach after 19 years of serving as a defensive coordinator in the NFL.

The Denver Broncos have made a decision to go all in on their stronger side of the roster with the news that they're hiring Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to be their new head coach.


After the last two seasons, it was clear Elway wanted the same profile in the new head coach that he had when he hired Fox to replace McDaniels in 2011. "I was doing my best sell job and this happened". Hopefully, the environment he's inheriting won't make him wish he had waited a while longer.

"I pay attention to the schemes that these guys run". "I think there are a lot of things that go into a head coach that it's a feel thing". 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.

Former Jets coach Todd Bowles, a longtime friend of Nagy's, could also be in play as a candidate. Multiple coaches on staff could be retained, though the expectation remains there will be new offensive and defensive coordinators. However, Bowles has not signed a contract yet and was not officially announced to the job in Tampa, meaning he still could accept the role in Chicago. He treats people the right way.


Despite the experience and accolades, Fangio had hardly been considered as a head coach prior to January. That led to Fangio's arrival in Chicago.

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.


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