New Broncos coach Vic Fangio brings track record of success to Denver

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Past year when Matt Nagy was hired as head coach a big question was whether or not Vic Fangio would have stayed.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the hiring.

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.

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Vic Fangio is leaving Chicago to take over as the Denver Broncos head coach, but he won't be away from his former team for too long.

Fangio became a popular head coaching candidate after consistently fielding stellar defenses over the greater part of the past decade. The first being Fangio while the other was Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, according to ESPN. The 49ers aren't expected to play the Broncos during the regular season until 2022 after playing them in December (a 20-14 victory), though they could play in the preseason as the Broncos are a regular exhibition opponent. With the Bears since 2015, Fangio also held the same role with San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers. He helped Chicago star Khalil Mack adapt quickly to his defensive scheme after being acquired in a trade from the Raiders just prior to last season. The Broncos went 11-21 in Joseph's tenure. The personnel were largely the same but Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton explained the mindset change as going from being attack dogs under Ryan to being guard dogs under the bend-but don't-break Tobin. "I've heard he's kind of a strict guy but also lets guys have fun", said Broncos safety Will Parks. Since then, he's been a fixture on National Football League sidelines, save for a single season in 2010 when he coached at Stanford.

Broncos star linebacker Von Miller suggested last month that the Bears' defense could lead Chicago to the Super Bowl title much as Denver's defense had three years ago - even in an age of potent offenses capitalizing on ever friendlier rules to run up scores.

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