The architect of the most feared defense in the NFL is leaving the Chicago Bears. Vic Fangio has officially accepted the offer to become the next head coach of the Denver Broncos. This is Fangio's first head coaching opportunity since entering the league in 1984. John Elway made him an offer he could not refuse (four-year deal plus a team option).
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Denver's roster shares some similarities with his former team. He inherits sack artist Von Miller, lineman Derek Wolfe, and rookie edge rusher Bradley Chubb. His front seven has the potential to replicate the destruction that once was the Bears' production. The secondary is nowhere near as talented as Chicago but they can hold there own. Can you say, "Monsters of the Rocky Mountains?" He will certainly have his hands full game-planning around Phillip Rivers and the Chargers, and Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs twice a year. Next season adds double flare with Chicago and Denver expected to meet in the regular season as well.
On paper, this is a huge blow in what was already a miserable week in the Windy City. However, the Bears return All-Pro selections Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, and Eddie Jackson. Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, Danny Trevathan, Bilal Nichols, Roquan Smith, and Prince Amukamara are each contractually locked up for the near future. This is an attractive job and although the production may dip a little, these players drive the ship. These are veterans who should remain hungry after an early playoff exit. It combined with the loss of Fangio should provide enough motivation to effectively reproduce next season regardless of the new coordinator.
If there is a coach that wants to accelerate his head coaching opportunities, Chicago is the first destination. It is only probable that there are several names on Ryan Pace's short list. We can count on his methodical borderline maniacal approach to finding the appropriate successor to lead Matt Nagy's prized defense. Nagy will also have the opportunity to prove his ability to network within the NFL's "good old boy" network. The only question is, "Will the Bears go in-house to sustain continuity or take a risk bringing in fresh ideas to innovate an already ferocious defensive unit?" This is now the biggest decision of the off-season.
My thoughts are to find someone willing to stay aggressive late in games. This season was proof it ain't over until the final whistle sounds. We wait and see.
Until then, stay thirsty and Bear Down! JT out.