Broncos Deciding Between Vic Fangio, Mike Munchak?

The Broncos’ head coaching search may soon be coming to a close. Denver is GM John Elway appears to be deciding between Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, according to Mike Klis of 9News

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Fangio was largely overlooked in last year’s cycle, but he’s high atop the Broncos’ list this year. The two sides met on Monday and Elway was said to be seriously mulling him on his flight home. Fangio is 60 and has never been a head coach his 40 years of coaching, but his resume and recent results are impressive. In 2018, the Bears ranked No. 1 in scoring defense and allowed just 17.7 points per game. For all of the Broncos’ offensive woes, they’d be doing a lot better if they got back to being one of the league’s scariest defenses.

Munchak, meanwhile, is widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL. Since taking the job in Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger‘s sack rate has been cut roughly in half, which is no small feat. Unlike Fangio, Munchak boasts previous head coaching experience, though he’s also in the same age range. Munchak will turn 59 in March, but Elway does not seem afraid of bucking the league’s youth-forward trend.

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      • Michael Chaney

        He lucked out and was able to sign a Hall of Fame quarterback in free agency, which pretty much never happens. When he’s had to build a team himself, he hasn’t had nearly as much success.

  1. bowserhound

    I just don’t understand how a team result equates to a coach being spectacular. The Bears D would have been great with or without this guy. Give the coach some credit, but unless the Broncos hire Vic and trade for 4-5 of the Bears D, don’t expect the same results.

      • tim2686

        They were still top 10 the year before. Mack helped solidify the edge, but the younger playmakers continued to progress as well.

    • Rondon

      They were terrible til Fangio came in and turned a bottom ranked D into a top 10 D BEFORE Mack got there. So yeah, he made the difference.

    • Hannibal8us

      It’s alright to admit you know nothing about football. Vic was only responsible for building the 49ers into a top defense and then Bears into one too.

  2. madmanTX

    Take Fangio. You don’t want Munchak. These are not the droids you seek, Broncos.

  3. axisofhonor25

    Ok Vic, we all know that your just entertaining that idea of HC, but we know you’ll be back in Chicago….. right….? Signed Bears fans

  4. crosseyedlemon

    The Bears travel to Denver next season so that would make for an interesting re-union. Who replaces Vic if he leaves?

    • NU Wildcats

      If it’s not Ed Donatell, then it’s got to be an outside hire. No one else on the staff is remotely qualified.

  5. Thomas Bliss

    Hire Vic and let’s get that defense back to where it belongs. Hire Gary to focus on the offensive side of the ball. Then turn your attention to the draft.

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