Gary Kubiak to return to coaching as Broncos offensive coordinator

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio agreed to become the Broncos head coach

Some starters on the Denver Broncos defense are reacting with excitement to the hire of new head coach Vic Fangio.

Denver completed its interview with Fangio on Monday, a day after the Bears were eliminated from the playoffs. Fangio ended up getting the nod, reportedly signing a contract for four years with a team option for a fifth year, according to the Denver Post.

The three who won AFC West titles during their tenures - Shanahan, John Fox and Gary Kubiak - each had long National Football League résumés, with two decades in coaching and Kubiak also having spent nine years as a player - before the Broncos hired them for the head-coaching job.

Much as former Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips used to draw praise from players less than half his age, Fangio was greatly respected in the Bears' locker room.

The Broncos fired former head coach Vance Joseph on December 31 after his second season as head coach.

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In 1979, Fangio got his start in coaching, as a high school linebackers coach.

With the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers arguable the two best teams in the AFC, the Broncos had to be both aggressive and bold.

Bowles now has a tough decision to make: work with the NFL's top defense in Chicago or join former boss Arians in Tampa, though, according to Arians, that decision may already be made. "I think there are a lot of things that go into a head coach that it's a feel thing".

Four Chicago defenders were selected to the Pro Bowl under his watch in 2018: pass rusher Khalil Mack, safety Eddie Jackson, lineman Akiem Hicks and cornerback Kyle Fuller.

"I love playing for that guy", Hicks said. He was chosen over fellow finalist Mike Munchak, the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and will replace Vance Joseph following a 6-10 season. With the Bears since 2015, Fangio also held the same role with San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers.

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