Broncos make interesting hire in Vic Fangio as head coach

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Todd Bowles may not be atop many lists to fill head coaching vacancies, but that doesn't mean he lacks suitors as a coordinator.

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio looks on during team warm-ups prior to game action in a preseason National Football League game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears on August 25, 2018 at Soldier Field in Chicago IL.

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And that's precisely what he's done throughout his 40-year career.

Fangio comes into the position with a sterling reputation as a defensive wizard. "I've heard he's kind of a strict guy but also lets guys have fun", said Broncos safety Will Parks.

Instead, the Bears' season ended earlier than expected and now the man Mack dubbed an "evil genius" will join Miller in Denver. "If he wants to be a head coach one day, I want him to take a job and be a head coach. I like how he does things".

The exact weeks and order of the game won't be determined until later this offseason, but Chicago will play all four AFC West teams next season, which will also include Matt Nagy's return to Kansas City.

Fangio inherits a Broncos team that has missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, but showed defensive improvement. Denver ranked 24 in points scored (20.6) and 28 in third-down conversions (33.3 percent). "He brings a tough defensive demeanor", said Harris.

Elway has paired Fangio with Gary Kubiak, hoping for the marriage to produce immediate results. And the two who did not - Josh McDaniels and Vance Joseph - were fired in two or fewer seasons, combining for three years of at least 10 losses of the four on the job. Fangio represents the first defensive-minded coach to get a head-coaching job during this hiring cycle after one-fourth of the league canned their coaches and mostly started looking for 'The Next Sean McVay'.

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.