The Chicago Bears are still likely recovering from their heartbreaking last-second loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild card round of the playoff last Sunday night. Unfortunately for them, the Bears suffered another big loss this week.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will be leaving the team to take the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos:
Denver reached agreement with Bears’ DC Vic Fangio to become the Broncos’ next head coach, sources tell me and @DanGrazianoESPN. It will be a four-year deal plus a team option for a fifth, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2019
Fangio has been the architect of the Bears’ defense that has been one of the most dominant units over the past couple years. He was so good at his job that when head coach Matt Nagy took over last season, he made sure to keep Fangio on staff. In his four years with the Bears, Chicago ranked 20th (2015), 24th (2016), ninth (2017) and first (2018) in points per game allowed.
This is undoubtedly a big hit to the Bears defense, but the talent on that side of the ball can’t be denied either. Only time will tell how impacted Chicago will be by the coaching change, but it certainly feels like the Bears may have missed out on a big opportunity this year with Fangio still running the defense.
Update: It looks like there’s a surprise candidate in Chicago to replace Fangio. Todd Bowles, who was thought to be joining Bruce Arians with the Buccaneers, is reportedly in the mix for the Bears’ coaching vacancy:
Hold off on those Todd-Bowles-to Tampa stories, for now. Matt Nagy’s father coached Todd Bowles in high school, and Bowles is being considered to replace Vic Fangio as Chicago’s defensive coordinator, per league sources. Nothing signed in Tampa.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2019
Update 2: Bowles has re-committed back to Tampa. The Bears will have to look elsewhere for a replacement.