Broncos pick Vic Fangio as new head coach

Elena Summers
January 10, 2019

After serving as the Defensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears, a team that finished with the best defense in the league, Vic Fangio is moving on as he has been named the next head coach of the Denver Broncos. The Broncos reached an agreement with Fangio on a four-year contract with a fifth-year option, National Football League sources confirmed, making him the 17th head coach in franchise history. The decision, on the surface, may seem perplexing. This will be his first head-coaching gig.

This is the first head coaching job for the 60-year-old, but he has more than 30 years of coaching experience in the NFL. He has served as a defensive coordinator since 1995 with stops in Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston, San Francisco and Chicago, where's he worked since 2015.

With the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers arguable the two best teams in the AFC, the Broncos had to be both aggressive and bold.

Last month, Miller suggested that a defense can still lead a team to a title like Denver's did three years ago even in this age of potent offenses incorporating college concepts and running up scores. 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. But CEO Jed York instead went with Tomsula, who was sacked after one season with a 5-11 record.


"I have so much respect for him", Nagy said of Bowles in October. He treats people the right way. 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. "I like how he does things".

The Broncos fired former coach Vance Joseph on December 31 after he posted 5-11 and 6-10 records in his two seasons at the helm.

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

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