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Former 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio named Broncos head coach

09 January 2019, 10:55 | Pamela Mathis

Vic Fangio will call Broncos defensive plays

Vic Fangio will call Broncos defensive plays

He replaces Vance Joseph, who posted the franchise's first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72 and was sacked on New Year's Eve with an 11-21 record.

Elway also interviewed former Colts coach Chuck Pagano, Steelers O-line coach Mike Munchak, Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores and Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor while searching for his fourth head coach in six seasons.

A career defensive assistant of 32 National Football League seasons, Fangio was lauded and respected by his players, who were thrilled to see him get the chance for a head coaching interview. 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.

"I pay attention to the schemes that these guys run".

Landing Fangio is shades of the John Fox hire in 2011. "And most of that's all coordinated, so we know what they're running but, like I said, Vic Fangio, we practiced against them this year and they run a 3-4 perfectly", Harris said.

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Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks echoed those thoughts.

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.

The Bears' playoff run came to a shocking end Sunday night when Cody Parkey's last-second field-goal attempt was tipped and bounced off the left upright and the crossbar for his 11th miss of the season, sealing Philadelphia's 16-15 escape in the wild-card round. Bowles has most recently run 3-4 schemes in both NY and Arizona, and Chicago's defensive personnel would be a much better fit than the Bucs, who have run a 4-3 as their base defense since 1990.

"The Bears have been doing it right". "I got a lot of respect for him, and so does the entire defense". But whether it can result in the equal of what the Bears built under Fangio and John Fox is anything but a given.



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