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Vic Fangio | Defensive Lineman

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (60) / 8/22/1958

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According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Bears DC Vic Fangio has emerged as a potential head-coaching candidate.
Matt Nagy decided to retain Fangio as the team's defensive coordinator when he took over as head coach this offseason, a move that has paid off tremendously for the 7-3 Bears. La Canfora notes that the league seems to have a bias against defensive coaches, especially older ones such as Fangio (he turned 60 in August), though the long-time coordinator has drawn rave reviews for his 3-4 scheme as well as his ability to connect with troubled players. He'll be a name to monitor when the coaching carousel heats up in January. Nov 25 - 11:16 AM
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Bears re-signed DC Vic Fangio to a three-year contract.

Fangio interviewed for Chicago's head-coaching vacancy last week but lost out to Chiefs OC Matt Nagy. He was also linked to defensive coordinator openings in Green Bay and Los Angeles (Chargers), but those jobs have since been filled. The Bears' defense was sneaky-good under Fangio this past season, ranking in the top-10 in passing yards allowed (seventh), points allowed (ninth) and total yards (10th). 2018 will be his fourth season in Chicago.
Jan 12 - 3:17 PM

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune confirms the Bears are expected to retain DC Vic Fangio.

There was speculation Fangio could join forces with Pat Shurmur if he lands a head-coaching job this offseason—Shurmur is viewed as the favorite to replace Bruce Arians in Arizona—but instead it looks like he'll be back for a fourth season in Chicago. Despite a 5-11 record, the Bears ranked 10th in the league in total defense while generating 22 takeaways in 2017. Excluding a one-year stint at Stanford in 2010, Fangio has coached continuously in the NFL since 1986.
Jan 12 - 2:21 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bears new coach Matt Nagy is expected to retain DC Vic Fangio.

Spots are filling up, and the Packers have settled on Mike Pettine for their DC position, a spot Fangio was a contender for earlier Tuesday. Fangio won't have many other options if he doesn't go back to Chicago, though he's one of the best defensive play callers in the league. Things have gone best-case scenario for the Bears, getting young Nagy to hopefully be their version of Sean McVay, while Fangio and his No. 9 total defense appear to be staying in the Windy City.
Jan 9 - 9:55 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bears DC Vic Fangio is the Packers' "top choice" for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

New Bears coach Matt Nagy wants to keep Fangio on staff, but that could be difficult after Chicago passed over the coordinator to hire Nagy. Despite issues on the other side of the ball, the Bears' defense overachieved under Fangio the last three seasons. He would be a good hire for the Packers.
Jan 9 - 9:56 AM

The Bears interviewed DC Vic Fangio for their head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday.

It's probably just a token hire for Fangio. Although he's an excellent coordinator, Fangio has never really been in head-coach conversations over the years, though he was reportedly upset with the 49ers a few years back when they hired Jim Tomsula over him. Fangio then left the Niners and joined the Bears. Fangio is a talent maximizer. His unit was No. 10 in total defense this year.
Jan 3 - 2:48 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Bears DC Vic Fangio could be a candidate for the coordinating jobs in Baltimore and Green Bay.

Ravens DC Dean Pees has retired, and Packers DC Dom Capers is expected to be fired. Out of a contract, Fangio would be a great option for either opening, but it would be in the Bears' best interest to try to keep him around. Despite talent issues, Fangio has overseen a top-15 defense each of his three years in Chicago.
Jan 1 - 10:04 AM

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.
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 09:39:00 AM

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.
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 07:39:00 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.
Wed, Jan 4, 2017 12:13:00 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

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