Replacing Fangio will be delicate challenge for Bears


After the last two seasons, it was clear Elway wanted the same profile in the new head coach that he had when he hired Fox to replace McDaniels in 2011.

The hires mean that only the Jets, Dolphins and Bengals remain in the hunt for their next head coach.

The Broncos fired former head coach Vance Joseph on December 31 after his second season as head coach. The defense ranked third in yards allowed this season, first in rushing yards allowed, and first in points allowed.

Fangio, who spent the last four seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, will be named the head coach of the Denver Broncos, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Interim head coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was also interviewed, has reportedly been relieved of his duties. The first being Fangio while the other was Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, according to ESPN. It was the first time they were in the top three in the National Football League in points and yardage since the 2005 season. He has served as a defensive coordinator since 1995 with stops in Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston, San Francisco and Chicago, where's he worked since 2015.

Much as former Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips used to draw praise from players less than half his age, Fangio was greatly respected in the Bears' locker room. He's built dominant defenses in different eras, successfully adapting to changes in personnel, philosophies and style.

"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.

But upon further review, taking into account the potential importance of meshing with Gary Kubiak, who could make his way back to the sidelines this season, Stokley said his money is on Fangio getting the job.

Instead, the Bears' season ended earlier than expected and now the man Mack dubbed an "evil genius" will join Miller in Denver.