Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who played a leading role in the revival of Chicago's identity over four seasons, will be the next head coach of the Denver Broncos, according to reports late Wednesday morning.
Zigging while everyone else zags, the Broncos sought a general in Fangio who could run his defense, leaving the offense to Gary Kubiak and everything else up to John Elway as Denver looks to snap its three-season playoff-less streak. 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. 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. The next task Fangio assumed was revamping a Chicago Bears defense that ranked No. 30 after the 2014 season.
Vance Joseph was sacked on December 31 after he produced an unimpressive 11-21 record during his tenure as head coach of the Broncos.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Munchak does have head coaching experience. Kubiak led Denver to a Super Bowl title in 2015 as the team's head coach, before retiring due to health issues.
"You want what's best for people", Bears safety Adrian Amos said Monday as Fangio interviewed with the Broncos. This season, he orchestrated the top defense in the NFL. They accomplished that in the overall with Matt Nagy more than doubling the year-before win total of Fox and now face the daunting challenge of maintaining and bettering the performance of a unit that under Fangio went from top 10 in 2017 to top five in 2018.
"I love playing for that guy", Hicks said.
This is a team that was built on defense last season.
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.