Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has accepted a promotion to take the head coaching position of the Denver Broncos
Last year when Matt Nagy was hired as head coach a big question was whether or not Vic Fangio would have stayed. Despite an offer from the Green Bay Packers, Fangio stuck around with the Chicago Bears for one more season. In that season the Bears acquired Khalil Mack and saw their defense go from good to great.
With Fangio already getting attention outside of Chicago last year and even more success to show it for it the year later it is no surprise to hear that he has accepted a head coaching position for the Denver Broncos.
Fangio has been around the NFL for a long time and has never made the jump to head coach. 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.
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While he was a great coordinator it will be interesting to see who was more responsible for the uptick this season, Mack and Roquan Smith or the evolution of Fangio’s defense. Nonetheless, the Bears have a daunting task of hiring the right coordinator to take over for him.
This is a team that was built on defense last season. While the personnel comes back, they cannot miss a beat next year if they want to get back to the same level. That will be tough with a new mind in the building.
This will also be the biggest decision of Matt Nagy young coaching career. He did a strong job of putting together a staff last year, but Fangio and the defense was already in place. We knew Nagy could handle things on offense, now who does he trust to keep his defense in order.
The next couple of weeks will be interesting as the Bears sort this out.