Bears will face Broncos head coach Vic Fangio on 2019 schedule

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Fangio has never been a head coach at any level prior to this appointment, but now has an experienced hand to lean on.

With Fangio already getting attention outside of Chicago last year and even more success to show it for it the year later it is no surprise to hear that he has accepted a head coaching position for the Denver Broncos.

And that's precisely what he's done throughout his 40-year career. He has served as a defensive coordinator since 1995 with stops in Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston, San Francisco and Chicago, where's he worked since 2015.

"I think the right kind of guy wants to come into a situation like this because he knows what the expectations are and what our expectations have been for a long period of time", Elway said. Since then, he's been a fixture on National Football League sidelines, save for a single season in 2010 when he coached at Stanford. That's a big part of it in today's world. "Those are two things that I look for".

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Peyton Manning retired a month later and the Broncos have cycled through four starting quarterbacks since, including free agent Case Keenum, who was underwhelming during Denver's 6-10 season that included two four-game skids. Elway refuses to use the word "rebuilding", but the team has multiple issues to address. Denver ranked 24 in points scored (20.6) and 28 in third-down conversions (33.3 percent). "We are behind other teams". Multiple coaches on staff could be retained, though the expectation remains there will be new offensive and defensive coordinators.

Just like former Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Fangio relates to players less than half his age and commands a deep respect in the locker room.

He replaces Vance Joseph, who posted the franchise's first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72 and was sacked on New Year's Eve with an 11-21 record.

With Kubiak at Fangio's side, the Broncos want to get back to the offenses that Shanahan and Kubiak ran while still trying to be innovative.