Chicago Bears Elephant in the room: Does Vic Fangio stay?
Amongst the news of the Chicago Bears hiring Matt Nagy is the question of whether or not Vic Fangio will stay
It is official, the Chicago Bears have a head coach. Matt Nagy is an offensive mind and a quarterbacks coach turned offensive coordinator. This is exactly what Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears offensive development needs.
Nagy will call plays, that seems very apparent. Now, the question comes; who calls defensive plays?
All eyes will be on Vic-watch as the team waits to see if Vic Fangio will return as defensive coordinator.
There has been speculation that Fangio wanted the head coach role, and that he would likely leave if he did not get the job. That is how he wound up in Chicago, afterall. However, it is not like his phone is ringing off of the hook with General Managers looking to promote him. The only official request made to Fangio was the Bengals defensive coordinator job. That is lateral move and one that forces him to change the entire personnel and scheme of a defense. It seems smarter for him to stick around.
The Chicago Bears are hoping that Fangio will stay. That clearly means that they asked Nagy if he had any issues with Fangio, and Nagy said no. Now, Nagy approving of Fangio does not mean that Fangio approves Nagy. He may not want to work with Nagy.
However, after reports went public that John DeFilippo wanted to retain Fangio came out, and DeFilippo did not get the job, maybe that means that Fangio would have been more likely to stay with Nagy than DeFilippo.
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Fangio’s contract expires tomorrow and he will be free to interview with any team that he wants. What transpires over the next day, and how the Chicago Bears and Vic Fangio handle this elephant in the room will worth following.