The Broncos have reached an agreement to name Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as the team's new coach, according to several reports. The news comes via ESPN's Adam Schefter who reported that Fangio will be given a four-year contract, with an option for a fifth. Former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is expected to move from his role in the front office to become Fangio's offensive coordinator. The decision, on the surface, may seem perplexing.
The easy answer to the latter is in the person of secondary coach Ed Donatell, who has been defensive coordinator for Atlanta, Green Bay and Washington.
Fangio enjoyed a stellar run this previous year with the Bears under head coach Matt Nagy.
Fangio has turned Bears" defense into a ferocious unit, one that has echoed the legendary "85 Bears squad.More news: FA Cup: City and Watford cruise, Fulham ousted
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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).
The Eagles had taken the lead when Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL's stingiest defense. You saw what the Bears did this year, led in nearly every defensive category. He previously served as defensive coordinator for the 49ers, Texans, Colts and Panthers. "Those are two things that I look for, and there are guys we have feel for", Elway said last week. When the 49ers fired Jim Harbaugh in 2014, they passed on their defensive coordinator in Fangio without even an interview and instead hired his defensive line coach, Jim Tomsula, who was sacked after one season. There was not going to be a better time than now so when the offer presented itself, it made sense for Fangio to take it.
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.
The Bears are slated to travel to Denver for a road matchup on their 2019 schedule.