With Fangio already getting attention outside of Chicago last year and even more success to show it for it the year later it is no surprise to hear that he has accepted a head coaching position for the Denver Broncos.
"Pritchard and Cecil" co-host Mike Pritchard agreed with Stokley assessment, saying in hiring Fangio and pairing him with Kubiak the Broncos tick off one of the coaching attributes sought out by general manager John Elway: expertise on the coach's given side of the football.
San Francisco ranked fourth, third, fifth and fifth in total defense when Fangio was the defensive coordinator from 2011-14 while on head coach Jim Harbaugh's staff.
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.
Fangio replaces Vance Joseph, who was sacked on New Year's Eve after posting the franchise's first back-to-back losing seasons since the early 1970s. He's expected to be introduced as the club's 17th head coach on Thursday.
Denver is done with its head coach search. The Bears finished with the league's top-ranked scoring defense, but were eliminated from the playoffs with a 16-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round. The players played hard for Joseph through the struggles of the past two seasons, and many in the Broncos' complex have repeatedly said they respected how Joseph conducted himself.
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Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks echoed those thoughts.
"I'm excited, especially as a defensive guy".
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 has 20 years of experience as a defensive coordinator.
Fangio has never been a head coach at any level.
This is a team that was built on defense last season. The group is led by Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller.