The 2018 season came to a disappointing end for Vic Fangio and the rest of the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend, but the defensive coordinator is moving on to bigger and better things.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Dan Graziano report that Fangio has agreed to a deal to become the next head coach of 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
The Broncos had reportedly narrowed their search down to three candidates, and it seemed like they were intent on bringing in another defensive-minded coach. Fangio has no prior head coaching experience, but the work he did in Chicago speaks for itself. He has served as the defensive coordinator there since 2015, and the Bears had arguably the best defense in football this season. They ranked first in the NFL in scoring defense and third in turnover margin.
With Fangio now in charge, the Broncos are hoping their defense can return to the elite form that helped the team win a championship a few seasons ago. Now, it will just be up to John Elway to find the team’s next franchise quarterback. He’s hoping the return of Gary Kubiak will help with some of that.
It would appear that the Denver Broncos are planning on Gary Kubiak returning as a member of their coaching staff next season.
Kubiak has been working as a personnel advisor for the Broncos since he stepped down as the team’s head coach following the 2016 reason, and there has been talk that he wants to return to coaching as an offensive coordinator in 2019. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Denver has blocked other teams from interviewing him for that position. That likely means they want him to serve as their OC.
Among the teams that have requested interviews with Kubiak are the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, but the Broncos have denied the requests. Schefter notes that the plan in Denver is to have Kubiak work with whomever the team hires as its next head coach, as long as the coach is open to it. Kubiak’s preference is reportedly to remain in Denver.
Kubiak’s stint as the head coach of the Broncos in 2015 and 2016 was his second in Denver, as he also served as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2003-2005. He’s considered one of the top OC candidates on the market, but the Broncos apparently don’t want to allow him to test said market. Judging by what John Elway said recently about Kubiak, it seems very likely that he will be a member of Denver’s coaching staff next season.
The Denver Broncos seem intent on hiring a defensive-minded coach as a replacement for Vance Joseph, and they have added another former defensive coordinator to the list of possible candidates for their head coaching vacancy.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Broncos are scheduled to host former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano for an interview on Wednesday and possibly Thursday.
The #Broncos are expected to interview former #Colts coach Chuck Pagano later today and perhaps into tomorrow for their HC job, source said. As he preps for a return, hear his thoughts https://t.co/dKOFpE15TL
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 2, 2019
Pagano took a year off last season after coaching the Colts from 2012-2017. He was the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens for a season prior to that. Pagano’s overall record with Indy was 53-43, and he took the Colts to the playoffs three times and reached the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
Pagano, who is 57, said before the 2018 season that he wants to coach again, but it seems unlikely that he’ll wind up with the Broncos given the report we recently heard about them narrowing down their search.
The Denver Broncos have already narrowed their coaching search significantly, according to a report.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Broncos are considering Mike Munchak, Brian Flores, and Vic Fangio for their head coaching position, and at the moment there are no other candidates for the opening.
While, the #Packers and #Browns do a wide-ranging search, the #Broncos’ is much smaller: Mike Munchak, Brian Flores, Vic Fangio. That’s it as of now. Mike Shanahan and still-#Ravens coach John Harbaugh are not on the radar.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2018
The likelihood is that one of these three will be the next Denver coach, replacing the fired Vance Joseph. One member of the next coach’s staff may already be determined as well.
The Broncos appear to know what they want. Flores and Fangio are both defensive-minded coaches, which fits with the defense-first route Denver has taken in recent years. All three candidates have options outside of Denver, so the Broncos will have to consider that as well.
The Denver Broncos will be revamping their coaching staff this offseason after head coach Vance Joseph was fired on Monday, and the rumors that Gary Kubiak could be part of that staff going forward apparently have merit.
While speaking with reporters shortly after Joseph was dismissed, Broncos president of football operations John Elway left open the possibility that Kubiak could join the coaching staff.
John Elway told me he expects Gary Kubiak to be a part of the Broncos in 2019. Added that there is a possibility that Gary will coach again or in the same role. Said “Gary will be around.”
His name has been discussed around the league as an OC.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) December 31, 2018
Kubiak spent two seasons as the head coach in Denver, leading the team to a Super Bowl title in 2015 and a 9-7 record in 2016. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Broncos earlier in his coaching career from 2003-2005. He cited health reasons when he stepped down as the head coach in Denver following the 2016 season.
Since he stepped down as head coach, Kubiak has been serving in an advisory role with the Broncos’ front office. While he does not want the responsibility and pressure of being a head coach again, the 57-year-old is said to be interested in calling plays.
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The Vikings had a very simple task — win at home against the Chicago Bears and they were in the playoffs. Not only did they fail to do so, but they didn’t even come particularly close. The Bears won 24-10, with the Minnesota offense a constant disaster area and players not on the same page. The defense was unable to get off the field, particularly on third down. This was a mess and will require a lot of soul-searching after a team expected to contend for a Super Bowl didn’t even make it to the postseason.
Former Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is believed to be interested in coaching in the NFL again in 2019, and a return to his former team is reportedly a possibility.
Kubiak currently serves as a senior personnel advisor in the Broncos’ front office, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that president of football operations John Elway could ask him to return to a coaching role and serve as the team’s offensive coordinator next season. Bill Musgrave has been the OC in Denver since Mike McCoy was fired last year, but there is likely no urgency to keep him after the Broncos struggled on offense again in 2018.
Kubiak spent two seasons as the head coach in Denver, leading the team to a Super Bowl title in 2015 and a 9-7 record in 2016. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Broncos earlier in his coaching career from 2003-2005. Kubiak cited health reasons when he stepped down as the head coach in Denver following the 2016 season, but there have been rumblings he wants to return to coaching with less responsibilities.
It might be a bit awkward for Kubiak to work under another coach in the place where he is now an executive and was last a head coach, but the level of familiarity is obviously there.