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Vic Fangio | Defensive Lineman

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (59) / 8/22/1958
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Bears DC Vic Fangio will also coach the outside linebackers in 2017.
Former OLBs coach Clint Hurtt is now in Seattle, and the Bears are not adding a replacement at this time. Fangio also coached the outside linebackers while he was coordinating in San Francisco. With questions in the secondary, Chicago's dynamic front seven will need to be even better next season. Perhaps Fangio focusing on the pass rush will help that development. Jan 26 - 9:39 AM

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The Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers were interested in bringing Bears DC Vic Fangio back to San Francisco for the same position, but that the Bears blocked the move.

In other words, coach-in-waiting Kyle Shanahan reached out to Fangio, but was rebuffed by Fangio's current boss, John Fox. With the 49ers yet to even hire a general manager, it's an indication Shanahan will have wide latitude if/when he gets the job. Fangio did an excellent 2016 job with an undermanned unit.
Jan 19 - 7:39 PM

Coach John Fox said Wednesday that both DC Vic Fangio and OC Dowell Loggains will be back with the team in 2017.

Fangio was a real question mark after it was reported last month that he was on the outside looking in at keeping his job. The Bears just wrapped up a franchise-worst 3-13 year, and Fangio's defense was 22nd in DVOA, checking in at 17th against the pass and 28th versus the run. Much of the problems can be attributed to injuries up front and lack of talent on the back end. Fangio is one of the better coordinators in the league. The Bears have made some minor staff changes, firing OL coach Dave Magazu and assistant DBs coach Sam Garnes. RBs coach Stan Drayton has left to take the same job at the University of Texas.
Jan 4 - 12:13 PM

Coach John Fox confirmed the Bears will install the 3-4 defense in 2015.

As expected. DC Vic Fangio ran the 3-4 scheme in San Francisco with great success. It's unclear how many pieces the current Bears roster has for the new system, but DL Lamarr Houston would seem to be a building block. DL Jeremiah Ratliff also has experience as a 3-4 nose tackle from his Dallas days, but that was a one-gap scheme as opposed to the two-gap system Fangio prefers. Fangio has a tall task on his hands to fix the Chicago defense.
Wed, Feb 18, 2015 11:27:00 AM

CSN Bay Area reports Vic Fangio would not have left if the 49ers hired Adam Gase as their head coach.

Gase had been in line to be the Niners' next coach, but the team insisted he retain Tomsula as defensive coordinator. Obviously, that didn't happen. According to the report, Fangio had no interest in staying after Tomsula was given the head coaching job. Fangio and Gase both landed in Chicago, where they will have their work cut out for them. The Bears were one of the worst teams in football in 2014.
Mon, Feb 16, 2015 01:25:00 PM

Bears hired Vic Fangio as their defensive coordinator.

Both new Bears coach John Fox and Redskins coach Jay Gruden wanted Fangio to head up their defense. The consistently excellent Fangio, who fled from San Francisco after getting passed over for the head-coaching job, chooses to go for the unit with a little more talent. That's not to say he doesn't have his hands full however, as Mel Tucker's Bears fielded the league's No. 30 defense in both 2014 and 2013. But note that in four seasons with Fangio as the 49ers' defensive coordinator, they annually ranked in the top five -- including this year even though they played without Patrick Willis, Navarro Bowman, Aldon Smith and Tramaine Brock for extended periods. Expect the Bears to make a leap defensively next season. The Redskins may now have to settle for Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry.
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 10:58:00 AM

The Bears will interview ex-49ers DC Vic Fangio for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Fangio was a finalist for the 49ers' head-coaching job before losing out to Jim Tomsula. He's led San Francisco to a top-five defense the last four seasons and is one of the top coordinators available. Fangio is also expected to interview with Washington this weekend.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 08:27:00 PM

The Washington Post's Mark Maske reports the Redskins will interview ex-49ers DC Vic Fangio for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Fangio is expected to interview over the weekend. It'd be a smart move by the Redskins to bring in Fangio to run the defense. He guided the 49ers to four top-five finishes in total defense each of his four seasons on the job.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 12:24:00 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Redskins "retain interest" in ex-49ers defensive assistants Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell.

Fangio has been connected to the Redskins' defensive-coordinator vacancy for some time now, but Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry is believed to be the favorite. In addition to Fangio's consistently excellent 49ers units, his defense ranked in the top-10 in points and yards when he was with Carolina.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 02:01:00 PM

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is not returning to San Francisco.

New coach Jim Tomsula is cleaning house by ridding himself of just about every assistant. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Fangio is a late candidate for the Redskins DC position. It appears earlier reports that Joe Barry had that job were premature.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 09:31:00 AM

CSN Bay Area confirms that DC Vic Fangio would request a release from his contract if he's passed over by a younger candidate for the 49ers' head coaching vacancy.

The 56-year-old Fangio apparently doesn't want to work for Adam Gase, 36, or Jim Tomsula, 46. He would be willing to remain with the team if Mike Shanahan, 62, gets the job. Fangio was the first head-coaching candidate to interview with the Niners, but seems like a longshot to land the gig.
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 11:18:00 AM

CSN Bay Area reports 49ers DC Vic Fangio would "target" Kyle Shanahan and Ed Donatell as his coordinators were he promoted to head coach.

Fangio interviewed to replace Jim Harbaugh last Tuesday. Shanahan was just released from his Browns contract, while Donatell has been the 49ers' DBs coach since 2011. It would be a nice staff for a first-time head coach in Fangio.
Thu, Jan 8, 2015 05:22:00 PM

A source tells ESPN Radio 980 that the Redskins have been denied permission to talk to 49ers DC Vic Fangio.

It's unlikely Fangio would have wanted to make a lateral move to the dysfunctional Redskins anyway. But that doesn't mean he wants to stay in San Francisco assuming he gets passed over for the head coaching vacancy. The Redskins have been granted permission to talk to 49ers DBs coach Ed Donatell and Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry for their Jim Haslett replacement.
Thu, Jan 1, 2015 12:12:00 PM

The Redskins are setting up defensive coordinator interviews with 49ers DC Vic Fangio, 49ers DB coach Ed Donatell and Chargers LB coach Joe Barry.

Jay Gruden appears set on sticking with a 3-4 alignment. However, getting Fangio to come across the country to the dysfunctional Redskins for a lateral career move seems like a longshot. Fangio deserves head coaching looks for his work with the 49ers defense.
Thu, Jan 1, 2015 11:42:00 AM

The 49ers interviewed DC Vic Fangio for their head-coaching vacancy.

It may just be a courtesy interview, but Fangio would make sense. He'd keep some continuity in San Francisco and has at least one player -- ILB Navorro Bowman -- banging the table for him. "We’ve built so much chemistry with him," Bowman said. "He’s a great human being and I would definitely listen to him on a head-coaching level." Fangio has regularly guided San Francisco to top-five finishes in total defense during his four seasons on the job.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 08:04:00 PM

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