Broncos hire Bears DC Vic Fangio as new head coach

The Denver Broncos have hired Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as their new head coach.

Denver announced the appointment of Fangio as replacement for Vance Joseph on Thursday.

It is reported that Fangio's deal will be four years and include a team option for a fifth.

"Vic really impressed us with his attention to detail. His focus is on teaching the fundamentals, technique and playing disciplined football," Broncos president and general manager John Elway said.

"Going through this process and talking to many qualified candidates, it became clear that Vic was the best choice to lead our team.

"There are few things that Vic has not seen in 40 years of coaching. He's been great on the defensive side of the ball for a number of years with a simple, detailed approach that gets results.

"With his intelligence and experience, Vic is as good of a football coach as you can find. He's the perfect fit and exactly what we need as head coach of the Denver Broncos."

Fangio, 60, was the architect of the league's number one scoring defense in 2018 but has never been a head coach at any level. He previously served as defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers. 

Elway also reportedly considered Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak as a candidate for the vacant position.

The Broncos fired Joseph on December 31 after he posted 5-11 and 6-10 records in his two seasons at the helm. It is the first time in 46 years the Broncos have had back-to-back losing seasons.

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