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Broncos Hire Bears' Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio As New Head Coach

The Denver Broncos have hired Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as their new head coach, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Fangio's deal is four for years, and it includes a fifth-year option, and former Denver head coach Gary Kubiak will take over as offensive coordinator, per Schefter. Kubiak stepped down after the 2016 season and took on an adviser role inside the organization.

The 60-year-old Fangio became an attractive head coaching candidate after four excellent seasons as defensive coordinator for the Bears. In 2018, Chicago had the NFL's best scoring defense (17.9 points allowed per game), and third-best yardage defense. They also ranked third in sacks with 50.

Denver's head coaching vacancy opened up after they fired Vance Joseph, who had a forgettable two-year tenure in the Mile High City. Under Joseph, the Broncos recorded consecutive losing seasons for the first time in 46 years, so team president and GM John Elway had no choice but to make a change.

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Fangio is now the fourth head coach the Broncos will have had in the last six years. John Fox was let go after the 2014 season, and Kubiak was there for two years before stepping down due to health reasons. Fangio has 30 years of NFL coaching experience, and now he gets his first gig as the man in charge.

Prior to spending four seasons with the Bears, Fangio was the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator from 2011-14. That group went to three straight NFC Championship Games, as Fangio and Jim Harbaugh built up one of the NFL's elite defenses.

What This Means

Since winning Super Bowl 50, the Broncos have endured three straight non-playoff seasons. Fangio will have pass rushing stars Von Miller and Bradley Chubb to work with, so the pieces are in place for him to turn this defense into a top-tier unit.

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