Broncos coaching search down to two

Ruben Holloway
January 10, 2019

Fangio has never been a head coach at any level prior to this appointment, but now has an experienced hand to lean on.

The Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, 60, has accepted Elway's offer to become the Denver Broncos' next head coach, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

And that's precisely what he's done throughout his 40-year career.

Fangio was also defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2010.

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John Elway said he wanted a coach with proven "greatness" on one side of the ball, a coach who knows the Xs and Os, a coach who has the "it" factor and a coach who can lead.

Instead, the Bears' season ended earlier than expected and now the man Mack dubbed an "evil genius" will join Miller in Denver.

From the time Pat Bowlen hired Mike Shanahan in 1995, the Broncos have had five head coaches. "I like how he does things".

This is a team that was built on defense last season. Elway refuses to use the word "rebuilding", but the team has multiple issues to address. But the Broncos have had too much change in recent years, too many new offenses, too much turnover at the coordinator spots and too much uncertainty at quarterback for a franchise that had prided itself on churning out wins for so long. Denver ranked 24 in points scored (20.6) and 28 in third-down conversions (33.3 percent).

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Fangio comes to the Broncos from the Chicago Bears, where he was defensive coordinator since 2015.

Elway has paired Fangio with Gary Kubiak, hoping for the marriage to produce immediate results. Brought in by new head coach John Fox, he introduced the "3-4" defense to the team, and his unit made yearly progress with the team even though their record didn't indicate it.

But as is the case in the National Football League, the Broncos won't be successful until the team finds stability at the quarterback position, aka the team's next Peyton Manning.

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