And maybe that's not a bad thing, after all.
After serving as the Defensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears, a team that finished with the best defense in the league, Vic Fangio is moving on as he has been named the next head coach of the Denver Broncos.
Fangio is a first-time head coach at age 60. Sure, he's old enough to be Matt LaFleur or Kliff Kingsbury's dad, but that's not the reason this is an interesting hire. Fangio spent the 2018 season as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.
John Elway, the Broncos general manager and president of football operations was down to two candidates.
Just hours after it was widely reported that former New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles would be joining Bruce Arians with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it appears he'll have another potential destination. It's why, after Elway sifted through the injuries of the past season, including seven players who had started multiple games on offense who ended the season on injured reserve, the trades of Demaryius Thomas and Aqib Talib, and the close losses in eight games against teams that made this year's playoffs, he still fired Joseph.
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The team fired Vance Joseph last month at the conclusion of a 6-10 campaign that saw the Broncos miss the playoffs for the third straight year since winning Super Bowl 50. In SF, Fangio had an immediate impact as the 49ers had a league-high 35 takeaways in his first season with the team.
Expect the Broncos to stick with their 3-4 defense.
He replaces Vance Joseph, who posted the franchise's first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72 and was sacked on New Year's Eve with an 11-21 record.
And if the Broncos can't eventually get back on track with Fangio in charge, Elway, having taken the road less traveled in the 2019 coaching cycle and in total control, should start to worry about his own job security.