Broncos hire Bears DC Vic Fangio as new head coach, reports say

Elway said he also plans to take a self-assessment this month to review the moves he's made that have led to Denver's three-year playoff drought since Peyton Manning retired a month after the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 title. The 58-year-old Scranton, PA native coached the Tennessee Titans for three seasons from 2011 to 2013, amassing a 22-26 mark and never reaching the playoffs.

- Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has decided on Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as his new head coach, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Broncos fired Joseph on December 31 after his second season as head coach. Fangio has been coaching since the late 1970s and has climbed the coaching latter and has experienced vast amounts of success at the game's highest level. It's the first time in 46 years the Broncos have had back-to-back losing seasons.

From the time Pat Bowlen hired Mike Shanahan in 1995, the Broncos have had five head coaches. He did a strong job of putting together a staff previous year, but Fangio and the defense was already in place. This past season, Chicago owned the top defense in points allowed and against the run while ranking third in total yards allowed and seventh against the pass. Fangio was interviewed for the Bears' head coaching job in January of 2018, but that job went to Matt Nagy. He has 20 years of experience as a defensive coordinator.

Much as former Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips used to draw praise from players less than half his age, Fangio was greatly respected in the Bears' locker room. I want the guys that understand the game, they understand Xs and Os but also have the ability to lead men. The Bears defense was the most feared in the National Football League, and the Broncos are already quite strong on that side with a unit that's anchored by one of the NFL's best pass-rushing units.

While he was a great coordinator it will be interesting to see who was more responsible for the uptick this season, Mack and Roquan Smith or the evolution of Fangio's defense.