Denver Broncos hire Bears' Vic Fangio as head coach

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The Broncos collected 44 sacks, a spike from 33 in 2017, and netted 28 takeaways, fifth best, and 11 more than last season.

Broncos general manager John Elway also reportedly considered Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak as a candidate for the vacant position.

In the meantime the task in front of the Bears is finding a replacement for Fangio, dubbed "evil genius" by linebacker Khalil Mack, and it will not an easy assignment despite the fact that Fangio's successor takes over a unit already among the NFL's best and with only one returning starter (Prince Amukamara) who will be age 30 when the 2019 season opens.

The Broncos have had four starting quarterbacks over that span, including free agent Case Keenum, who was underwhelming in his first year in Denver in 2018. So, instead of going with a fresh-faced offensive-minded coach in the mold of the Rams' Sean McVay, he zeroed in on the grizzled teacher who's more like his first head coaching hire, John Fox, or the Chiefs' Andy Reid.

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Before the Bears, he served as defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014, he held the same title for the Houston Texans (2002-2005), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001) and Carolina Panthers (1995-1998). He's built dominant defenses in different eras, successfully adapting to changes in personnel, philosophies and style.

Fangio inherits a Broncos team that has missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, but showed defensive improvement. I want the guys that understand the game, they understand X's and O's but also have the ability to lead men.

The Bears lost to the Eagles 16-15 in the NFC Wild Card game Sunday after a failed game-winning field goal attempt. In 2017, his defense was No. 1 in the National Football League in forcing fumbles, with 14. "I got a lot of respect for him, and so does the entire defense".

Fangio replaces Joseph, who lasted only two full seasons in Denver. The Bears have improved each season under Fangio.

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