After a week of interviews, John Elway and his committee of top Denver Broncos brass have come to the decision that Vic Fangio should be their next head coach.
According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos and Fangio have agreed to a four-year deal plus a team option for a fifth.
Denver reached agreement with Bears’ DC Vic Fangio to become the Broncos’ next head coach, sources tell me and @DanGrazianoESPN. It will be a four-year deal plus a team option for a fifth, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2019
Fangio, 60, had an excellent interview and despite Mike Munchak being the early front-runner, made a good enough impression to win the job. Fangio is a hard-nosed coach who has earned the respect of his players as defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears. He is also the kind of coach that Scotty Payne of Mile High Report saw early on was going to be an Elway-favorite for the job.
He has been a respected defensive coordinator for decades. He last two units, the Bears from 2015 to now, and the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2014 produced some excellent defensive units.
From a DVOA standpoint, Fangio builds programs well in the NFL. He took over a Bears unit in complete shambles and ranked 31st in defensive DVOA in 2015. Their rank rose each year under Fangio’s leadership culminating in the number one overall defensive unit in the NFL in 2018. In San Francisco, his defensive unit finished in the Top 5 in DVOA in all but one season under his leadership and it even spearheaded a Super Bowl run that ended in defeat to the Baltimore Ravens.
At the end of the day, the Broncos identity is on defense and a Fangio hire will assure that identity is maintained.
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