Bears will face Broncos head coach Vic Fangio on 2019 schedule

Bears will face Broncos head coach Vic Fangio on 2019 schedule

The Bears thought enough of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to grant him at least a courtesy interview for their head-coaching job after John Fox was dispatched.

Florio notes that Fangio would allow team president John Elway handpick his coaching staff, which could mean the return of former head coach Gary Kubiak to run the team's offence.

Fangio came to Chicago before the 2015 season after not getting the head coaching job with the 49ers, where he was the defensive coordinator for the previous four years.

That's why Matt Nagy chose to keep Fangio on his staff when he took over as head coach in January of 2018, and his defense this past season was at their best.

After a year as an assistant in the USFL, Fangio was hired as a linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints in 1986, and he has been on an National Football League staff every year since, save for 2010 when he was Stanford's defensive coordinator. 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. The 49ers have not fielded a top-17 scoring defense since. This will be his first head-coaching gig.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks echoed those thoughts.

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The Spanish youth worldwide came through City's youth academy and has made 15 first-team appearances for the English side. The player, who will wear the No. 21 shirt then spoke stating: "I'm arriving at the club I dreamed of playing as a boy".

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.

"I love playing for that guy", Hicks said. He has 20 years of experience as a defensive coordinator.

Despite the experience and accolades, Fangio had hardly been considered as a head coach prior to January.

This is a team that was built on defense last season.

And if the Broncos can't eventually get back on track with Fangio in charge, Elway, having taken the road less traveled in the 2019 coaching cycle and in total control, should start to worry about his own job security.

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