After helping the Bears' defense surge to the top of the NFL, new Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio has been selected as the 2018 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.
In Fangio's fourth season as Chicago's defensive coordinator, the Bears ranked in the league's top 10 in almost every major category. No team allowed fewer yards per play and the Bears also led the NFL in interceptions (27), defensive touchdowns (six) and points allowed per game. With the arrival of Khalil Mack via a Sept. 1 trade with Oakland, the Bears acquired the star they needed to make their defense the NFL's most dangerous in 2018. Due in no small part to Fangio's masterful defense, the Bears captured their first NFC North title since 2010.
Fangio's efforts successfully transformed a Bears defense that had ranked 30th in yards allowed per game, 31st in passing yards per plays and 31st in points allowed per game in 2014, the season before he was hired.