Bears DC Vic Fangio to become Broncos head coach

Vic Fangio spent four years as the Bears' defensive coordinator. | Nam Y. Huh  Associated Press

Vic Fangio spent four years as the Bears' defensive coordinator. | Nam Y. Huh Associated Press

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 first being Fangio while the other was Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, according to ESPN.

The three who won AFC West titles during their tenures - Shanahan, John Fox and Gary Kubiak - each had long National Football League résumés, with two decades in coaching and Kubiak also having spent nine years as a player - before the Broncos hired them for the head-coaching job.

It's down to two for the Denver Broncos.

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. The 58-year-old Scranton, PA native coached the Tennessee Titans for three seasons from 2011 to 2013, amassing a 22-26 mark and never reaching the playoffs. So, instead of going with a fresh-faced offensive-minded coach in the mold of the Rams' Sean McVay, he zeroed in on the grizzled teacher who's more like his first head coaching hire, John Fox, or the Chiefs' Andy Reid. He has 20 years of experience as a defensive coordinator.

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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.

"I think the right kind of guy wants to come into a situation like this because he knows what the expectations are and what our expectations have been for a long period of time", Elway said.

The Bears lost to the Eagles 16-15 in the NFC Wild Card game Sunday after a failed game-winning field goal attempt.

This is a team that was built on defense last season. He did a strong job of putting together a staff previous year, but Fangio and the defense was already in place. The Bears have improved each season under Fangio. "I feel like the Bears definitely got a defense that can go all the way".

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