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. This past season, Chicago owned the top defense in points allowed and against the run while ranking third in total yards allowed and seventh against the pass. Fangio was interviewed for the Bears' head coaching job in January of 2018, but that job went to Matt Nagy. The decision, on the surface, may seem perplexing.
Kitchens, 44, will be promoted from the offensive coordinator position he only took on midway through the season. Fangio has been coaching since the late 1970s and has climbed the coaching latter and has experienced vast amounts of success at the game's highest level. Now they will find out at least a little about how Fangio might've worked as a head coach, with Fangio leaving to coach the Denver Broncos and the Broncos looming as a road trip on the Bears 2019 schedule. Despite an offer from the Green Bay Packers, Fangio stuck around with the Chicago Bears for one more season.
The hires mean that only the Jets, Dolphins and Bengals remain in the hunt for their next head coach. In his final season leading the Bears defense, they ranked as the No. 3 overall defense while boasting the NFL's best run-stopping defense.
No other Bears assistant has National Football League experience at the coordinator level: defensive line coach Jay Rodgers and linebackers coaches Glenn Pires and Brandon Staley.
Fangio became a popular head coaching candidate after consistently fielding stellar defenses over the greater part of the past decade. He previously served as defensive coordinator for the 49ers, Texans, Colts and Panthers.
No official announcement has come from the team. He treats people the right way.
In Chicago, Fangio made a similar impact on defense.
He replaces Vance Joseph, who posted the franchise's first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72 and was sacked on New Year's Eve with an 11-21 record.