Bears will face Broncos head coach Vic Fangio on 2019 schedule



Elway wanted an expert in the field, explaining his pursuit of Fangio. I look for greatness on that side. I want the guys that understand the game, they understand X's and O's but also have the ability to lead men. That's a big part of it in today's world. "I like how he does things". Though his specialty is defense, talking to him reveals a coach who understands all facets of the game. When the 49ers fired Jim Harbaugh in 2014, they passed on their defensive coordinator in Fangio without even an interview and instead hired his defensive line coach, Jim Tomsula, who was sacked after one season. Elway refuses to use the word "rebuilding", but the team has multiple issues to address. But the Broncos have had too much change in recent years, too many new offenses, too much turnover at the coordinator spots and too much uncertainty at quarterback for a franchise that had prided itself on churning out wins for so long. Denver ranked 24 in points scored (20.6) and 28 in third-down conversions (33.3 percent). "We are behind other teams". Former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is expected to move from his role in the front office to become Fangio's offensive coordinator. He agreed in principle to become the Buccaneers' new defensive coordinator on a staff with Bruce Arians, under whom he served in Arizona.

Broncos general manager John Elway also reportedly considered Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak as a candidate for the vacant position. The Broncos conducted a more expansive search than when they hired Kubiak and Vance Joseph, who appeared locks before the process began.

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With Kubiak at Fangio's side, the Broncos want to get back to the offenses that Shanahan and Kubiak ran while still trying to be innovative. 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. Elway called it "football rehab", as Fox helped lead the Broncos rebound, winning four AFC West title, while reaching the Super Bowl.

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