Bears Interview Vic Fangio For HC Job

The Bears announced that they have interviewed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for their vacant head coaching position today. The interview was conducted by GM Ryan PaceVic Fangio (vertical)

Fangio could have a leg-up on the competition as an in-house candidate. This obviously wasn’t a banner year for the Bears, but Fangio’s defense did manage to finish 14th in league DVOA in 2017, according to Football Outsiders. That’s rather impressive considering the so-so talent that he had to work with and injuries to linebackers Leonard Floyd, Willie Young, and Pernell McPhee.

Fangio joins Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as known candidates for the job. Fangio could have the inside track, though the team may prefer an offensive-minded coach to work with young quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

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  1. Thronson5

    Not sure he would be a good fit for the Bears as HC, the guy is a really good DC and I think he would make a good HC but just not with the Bears since they have a young QB who needs a offensive minded coach to help him progress.

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    • CriminalMethod

      I agree. This might be lip service to show Fangio they want to keep him on as D coordinator. The only way I see Fangio as head coach is if they pluck DeFilippo to be his offensive coordinator.

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      • jkbuckets

        Yea the bears need an offensive coach because of trubisky. Fangio deserves to be a head coach though and I’m sure he’ll get a hc job somewhere besides Chicago

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        • Thronson5

          I agree. He does deserve to be a HC and I think he will have his opportunity to be one if it’s not this season maybe soon. He’s underrated if you ask me, he knows how to get the most out of his guys no matter where he goes. I definitely don’t think the Bears are a fit but I think a team like Cardinals should look into hiring him. They have good defensive players and while their offense is going to be pretty much rebuilt that can fail into the GMs hands to find the right players for offense while he focuses more on defense and hires a good OC. Doubt they would do it but I think that would be a great fit for him. If he doesn’t find a HC job this offseason nYbe he stays as

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          • Thronson5

            *maybe he stays as the DC or like the guy below said goes to the Raiders as their DC, I think that would be a great fit. But I think like CriminalMethod said, they are probably trying to keep him as DC so they are at least interviewing just to keep him happy.

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        • profhambone2
          profhambone2

          Yes, the Bears need someone to make Truby acceptable as a manager (let’s face it, he’s no Brady, Manning or Brees) of the offense. But why leave a team so close to a SB to come to a team that lacks so much talent in so many places which translates into 3 or more years to contention. Doesn’t make sense. And I don’t think Pace has done anything impressive as a GM. In fact, the opposite comes to mind about his work.

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    • Thronson5

      That actually would be a great hire for them and he’d reunite with Bowman. Do they still have Alison Smith as well? Or his days as a NFL over? Haven’t hear anything about him this season.

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      • mcdusty31

        Doubt he takes another snap to be honest but I do like the idea of Mack lining up as an OLB and racking up 25 sacks next year

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  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    He’s a good fall-back guy. The Bears’ Jim Bob Cooter.

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  3. dirtyd27

    I think the right move is to keep him and get a strong OC to work with Trubisky rather than a “QB Whisperer” head coach like the media seems to be suggesting. Fangio has performed well everywhere he’s been and would be the only person who could salvage any positive continuity for the team

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  4. midway_monster85

    Now that the bears have interviewed Fangio for HC, there is almost no chance of him staying as their DC. Fangio will most likely get offers to go to better teams this offseason, a slap in the face like losing out to another coach (especially if it’s another DC) would be the icing. I don’t believe the bears will hire him as the HC, so see ya later Fangio! You’ve been one of the only good thing the bears have for the last three years.

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  5. DuffManCometh

    When are the Bears going to come to their senses and hire Rex Ryan? He is the best fit and available.

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