Packers Eyeing Vic Fangio For DC

The Packers are casting a wide net in their search for a new defensive coordinator, but one candidate stands at the top of their wish list. Vic Fangio is considered Green Bay’s top choice for the job, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter) hears. Vic Fangio (vertical)

As of this writing, the Packers have yet to schedule an interview, but they’re pushing to set one up. Meanwhile, new Bears head coach Matt Nagy is working to keep the highly respected coordinator in Chicago. The two NFC North teams may have to slug it out over Fangio and it may result in a bidding war.

Fangio, 60 in August, has NFL coaching experience dating back to 1986 and defensive coordinator experience beginning in 1995. He is a big proponent of the 3-4 defense, making him a natural fit for the Packers.

As shown on PFR’s Defensive Coordinator Tracker, the Packers are also considering former Browns head coach Mike Pettine for the job along with three assistants already on staff Winston MossDarren Perry, and Joe Whitt.

 

 

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14 comments on “Packers Eyeing Vic Fangio For DC

  1. dirtyd27

    if he goes to Green Bay I’ll make sure the Mckasky family never gets another dollar out of my pocket

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    • Hannibal8us

      Why? Did you want the Bears to hire him as their HC because there’s a good chance that anything short of that would have resulted in Vic leaving. I mean would you rather be the DC for a first time coach on a perennial sub .500 team or the DC for a team that even when they’re bad they only just barely miss the playoffs. Way more job security on that second one.

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      • justinept

        Way LESS job security with GB. They missed the playoffs and overhauled everything. If they miss the playoffs next year, McCarthy is gone. And then Fangio’s job security is tied to the incoming head coaches desire to play a 3-4 defense.

        With Nagy, he gets 4 years at a minimum.

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          • JT19

            He definitely has more security if he stayed in Chicago than if he signed with Green Bay. His assurance as the DC of one of those teams is tied to the job security of the HC (barring Fangio taking a HC position elsewhere). McCarthy is definitely on a hotter seat than Nagy so his job security isn’t as safe in Green Bay as it would be in Chicago unless Green Bay promised to promote Fangio to HC if McCarthy was fired.

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        • jjgreedy

          The Packers kept Capers for 9 years. If that doesn’t prove job security I don’t know what does. Besides, Fangio would most likely turn the Packers D into a top 10 unit, then get hired as a head coach somewhere else the following year.

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          • ray_derek

            ….and McCarthy has been there every year and now a new GM. Sorry less security.

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        • One Fan

          I agree with Inept. More security with Bears for sure and more power too

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        • Hannibal8us

          Nagy only stays as long as Pace does and Pace only has 2 years left on his deal and will not be retained if they’re below .500 the next two years which is absolutely possible. The Packers on the other hand were 1 game out of the playoffs with Don Capers and no A Rod, they absolutely offer more job security if he can turn that awful defense into at least average.

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          • ray_derek

            Ryan Pace is signed through 2021, try 4 years, not 2.

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          • Priggs89

            “The Packers on the other hand were 1 game out of the playoffs with Don Capers and no A Rod”

            That’s cute. I like how you conveniently leave out that 4 of their 7 wins came before Rodgers was hurt. Good try though.

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          • JT19

            And if the Packers continue to underperform (since its seemingly Super Bowl or bust in Green Bay) and McCarthy is fired, what job security would any incoming DC have unless they were promised the HC position? Nagy is a new coach, and with Pace locked up through 2021, that duo (and most of the assistant coaches who don’t end up leaving) have 3 years (2018, 2019, 2020 seasons) to show results. Unless the Bears were to absolutely dominate next year (think 11+ wins and a playoff appearance), two years is not a realistic timeline to expect the Bears to become a serious perennial playoff contender. Three years gives them time to get new players into Nagy’s system, see how Trubisky plays in said system, and see if the team as a whole is developing and getting better. After the third year is the time to make the decision because you don’t want a lame duck coach/GM. It also prevents ownership from having to pay a fired coach/GM for more than a year. McCarthy does not have that same luxury because he’s been around longer and the expectations are higher. Basically my point is that Nagy, as a rookie head coach and a team with a lot of work to be done, has lowered expectations so his job is safer. McCarthy, on the other hand, has higher expectations so the failure to meet said expectations puts his job at a greater risk.

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  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    He’s put together a very solid, young, improving defense in Chicago. I know it’s just a coordinators spot, but I would have a tough time leaving. Even tougher for a division rival that’s on the decline.

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