Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

With Vic Fangio, Broncos go with experience and toughness

With Vic Fangio, Broncos go with experience and toughness

In addition to hiring Fangio as their head coach, the Broncos are expected to hire Gary Kubiak as the team's offensive coordinator. The news comes via ESPN's Adam Schefter who reported that Fangio will be given a four-year contract, with an option for a fifth.

Previous year when Matt Nagy was hired as head coach a big question was whether or not Vic Fangio would have stayed.

Fangio has presided over top-10 defenses in six of the last eight years, has 32 years of NFL experience and is widely regarded as one of the league's top defensive coaches.

The Broncos fired former head coach Vance Joseph on December 31 after his second season as head coach.

Elway said he also plans to take a self-assessment this month to review the moves he's made that have led to Denver's three-year playoff drought since Peyton Manning retired a month after the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 title.

Denver is done with its head coach search.

Since arriving with John Fox's coaching staff in 2015, Fangio directed the turnaround of the Bears defense that ranked 31st in points allowed per game in 2014 (27.6) to first in 2018 (17.7).

"I love playing for that guy", Hicks said.

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. Whereas Joseph had just one year of experience as a coordinator, Fangio brings 19 years of coordinating experience for the Panthers, Colts, Texans, 49ers and Bears.

Fangio has never been a head coach at any level. He was chosen over fellow finalist Mike Munchak, the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and will replace Vance Joseph following a 6-10 season.

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.

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