Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Vic Fangio will be new head coach of the Denver Broncos

Vic Fangio will be new head coach of the Denver Broncos

Fangio, 60, is the architect of the league's No. 1 scoring defense in 2018 but has never been a head coach on any level.

Elway leaned on experience, hiring Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as Denver's new head coach, sources tell Denver7's Troy Renck.

The Broncos fired former coach Vance Joseph on December 31 after he posted 5-11 and 6-10 records in his two seasons at the helm.

Fangio became a popular head coaching candidate after consistently fielding stellar defenses over the greater part of the past decade.

The three who won AFC West titles during their tenures - Shanahan, John Fox and Gary Kubiak - each had long National Football League résumés, with two decades in coaching and Kubiak also having spent nine years as a player - before the Broncos hired them for the head-coaching job. This will be his first head-coaching gig. "Again, I hope that we can hire a guy that can be here for the next 10 years, 15 years". It also seems likely that Fangio will call the defensive plays in at least his first year, with whomever he names as defensive coordinator getting the title in name only.

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Fangio takes over a franchise that has won just 11 games in the last two years. Kubiak and Elway will spend the next two months figuring out if they can endure another season with Keenum or go back to the land of free agency. He's built dominant defenses in different eras, successfully adapting to changes in personnel, philosophies and style.

Fangio was also defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2010.

While he was a great coordinator it will be interesting to see who was more responsible for the uptick this season, Mack and Roquan Smith or the evolution of Fangio's defense.

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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