Broncos pick Vic Fangio as new head coach

Broncos pick Vic Fangio as new head coach

Broncos pick Vic Fangio as new head coach

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. Now they will find out at least a little about how Fangio might've worked as a head coach, with Fangio leaving to coach the Denver Broncos and the Broncos looming as a road trip on the Bears 2019 schedule.

Although Fangio, who turns 61 in August, has no National Football League head coaching experience, he has been an assistant for 32 years in the National Football League and 34 seasons overall, beginning with the Philadelphia Stars of the old USFL in 1984. Fangio, age sixty, spent the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears. Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Case Keenum were all next in a line of quarterbacks not named Manning that Elway failed to win with, and the inability to get the position right factored into Vance Joseph's firing after just two years as head coach.

Joseph was also a first-time head coach with deep defensive roots, but he lacked the lengthy resume Fangio brings. 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. This season, he orchestrated the top defense in the NFL. He previously served as defensive coordinator for the 49ers, Texans, Colts and Panthers.

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After news broke, Bears receiver Allen Robinson shared his thoughts on Twitter. This season, the 60-year-old led Chicago to the league's best defense, bolstered by All-Pro talent dotting the roster.

Despite the experience and accolades, Fangio had hardly been considered as a head coach prior to January. The Broncos collected 44 sacks, a spike from 33 in 2017, and netted 28 takeaways, fifth best, and 11 more than last season.

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