On Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Fangio has reached an agreement with the team to become their next head coach.
Zigging while everyone else zags, the Broncos sought a general in Fangio who could run his defense, leaving the offense to Gary Kubiak and everything else up to John Elway as Denver looks to snap its three-season playoff-less streak. The Broncos reached an agreement with Fangio on a four-year contract with a fifth-year option, National Football League sources confirmed, making him the 17th head coach in franchise history. John Elway chose to buck that trend, hiring former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for the job.
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 team began searching for a new coach on December 31 after Vance Joseph was sacked from the position.
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Bowles now has a tough decision to make: work with the NFL's top defense in Chicago or join former boss Arians in Tampa, though, according to Arians, that decision may already be made. Fangio was the 49ers' defensive coordinator under Jim Harbaugh from 2011 through 2014.
It's down to two for the Denver Broncos. "Again, I hope that we can hire a guy that can be here for the next 10 years, 15 years".
The easy answer to the latter is in the person of secondary coach Ed Donatell, who has been defensive coordinator for Atlanta, Green Bay and Washington.
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. He previously served as defensive coordinator for the 49ers, Texans, Colts and Panthers. He inherits a Denver defense that finished 13th in scoring at 21.8 points per game last season.