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. Fangio served as defensive coordinator of the Chicago for the past several seasons and will be a head coach in the National Football League for the first time.
Including this season's top-ranked defense with the Chicago Bears, Fangio has a strong track record in terms of his units as a defensive coordinator.
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. He helped Chicago star Khalil Mack adapt quickly to his defensive scheme after being acquired in a trade from the Raiders just prior to last season. He's expected to be introduced as the club's 17th head coach on Thursday. It ended abruptly for Fangio on Sunday as the team with the No. 1-ranked defense went one-and-done in the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 Pittsburgh Steelers.
"You want what's best for people", Bears safety Adrian Amos said Monday as Fangio interviewed with the Broncos.
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When word got out that Elway had chosen Fangio, Bears cornerback Prince Amukamar a tweeted the hashtag "curse words" and Chicago wide receiver Allen Robinson II tweeted the broken heart emoji. You saw what the Bears did this year, led in nearly every defensive category.
He took over a defense that was 30th in yards and 31st in points under Mel Tucker and took it up to 14th in yards and 20th in points in 2015.
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.
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.