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Broncos agree to terms with Vic Fangio to become head coach

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have agreed to terms with Vic Fangio to become the 17th head coach in franchise history, the team announced Thursday.

The Broncos interviewed Fangio in Chicago on Monday, and the former Bears defensive coordinator agreed to a deal on Thursday.

"Vic really impressed us with his attention to detail — His focus is on teaching the fundamentals, technique and playing disciplined football," President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said. "Going through this process and talking to many qualified candidates, it became clear that Vic was the best choice to lead our team.

"There are few things that Vic has not seen in 40 years of coaching. He’s been great on the defensive side of the ball for a number of years with a simple, detailed approach that gets results. With his intelligence and experience, Vic is as good of a football coach as you can find. He’s the perfect fit and exactly what we need as head coach of the Denver Broncos."

After 32 seasons of NFL experience — 19 of which came as a defensive coordinator — Fangio will serve as a head coach for the first time. He just completed a season in which he helped forge Chicago’s defense into one of the NFL’s best units.

The Bears finished the season ranked first in scoring defense — allowing just 17.7 points per game — and also led the league in a number of other metrics, including takeaways, rushing yards allowed per game and yards per play allowed.

Fangio helped spur four of his players — Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson — to Pro Bowl nods. Mack, Fuller and Jackson were also named first-team All-Pro selections.

Now, Fangio will lead as a head coach in Denver, where he will try to replicate his success with a core of talented defensive players that includes Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Chubb.

The coaching veteran will be tasked with helping the Broncos return to the postseason after three playoff-less years. And while he is now a head coach for the first time, he’s served as a defensive coordinator for five different teams and has also held a number of roles as a position coach.

In addition to Fangio, the Broncos conducted interviews with four other candidates: Mike Munchak, Brian Flores, Chuck Pagano and Zac Taylor.

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