New Broncos coach Vic Fangio brings track record of success to Denver

Vic Fangio

Vic Fangio The Canadian Press

It's down to two for the Denver Broncos. Fangio was the 49ers' defensive coordinator under Jim Harbaugh from 2011 through 2014.

Fangio has 32 years of coaching experience in the National Football League, including serving as the defensive coordinator for the 49ers during the team's 2012-2013 Super Bowl runner-up season.

The Broncos have reached an agreement with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to become the team's next head coach, ESPN reported , citing unidentified sources. He's spent the last four seasons as a position coach with the Steelers.

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 hires mean that only the Jets, Dolphins and Bengals remain in the hunt for their next head coach. Once again the Fangio effect was real, as the Bears made drastic improvements under his defensive tutelage ranking in at No. 14, 15 and 10 in the following three seasons. It's the first time in 46 years the Broncos have had back-to-back losing seasons.

With Joseph out and Fangio in, the Broncos will look to capitalize on the plethora of talent the team has on the defensive side of the ball.

Denver completed its interview with Fangio on Monday, a day after the Bears were eliminated from the playoffs.

"I think the right kind of guy wants to come into a situation like this because he knows what the expectations are and what our expectations have been for a long period of time", Elway said.

The only two starters that aren't under contract for next season are safety Adrian Amos and slot cornerback Bryce Callahan, so at worst, Chicago can return nine out of their 11 top contributors.

He took over a defense that was 30th in yards and 31st in points under Mel Tucker and took it up to 14th in yards and 20th in points in 2015.

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