With Vic Fangio, Broncos go with experience and toughness

With Vic Fangio, Broncos go with experience and toughness

It's down to two for the Denver Broncos.

Fangio has never been a head coach at any level. At 60 years old and after serving as a defensive coordinator in the league for 19 years, he will be the oldest first-time head coach roaming the sidelines when the 2019 season kicks off.

- 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 former coach Vance Joseph on December 31 after he posted 5-11 and 6-10 records in his two seasons at the helm.

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Fangio has been an National Football League assistant for 32 years and for 34 years overall, including two years in the old USFL.

Elway concurred with star cornerback Chris Harris Jr.'s assessment last week that the Broncos need to modernize their offensive and defensive schemes to keep up with teams such as the Rams and Chiefs, who have fully embraced the run-pass option craze and other college concepts. Brought in by new head coach John Fox, he introduced the "3-4" defense to the team, and his unit made yearly progress with the team even though their record didn't indicate it. Kubiak retired after five seasons with the Broncos and a 25-year coaching career following the 2017 season citing health reasons.

This is a team that was built on defense last season. He has served as a defensive coordinator since 1995 with stops in Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston, San Francisco and Chicago, where's he worked since 2015. I want the guys that understand the game, they understand Xs and Os but also have the ability to lead men.

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.

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