Vic Fangio is getting his first shot to be a head coach in the Mile High City. He's walked at least that far to get there.
The Denver Broncos are expected to hire the longtime defensive coordinator, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per sources informed of the situation. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero added Fangio is getting a four-year deal with a fifth-year option.
The 60-year-old Fangio has spent more than half his life coaching in the NFL, including five stops and 19 seasons as a defensive coordinator. His four-year stint with the Chicago Bears culminated in the league's top scoring defense in 2018.
In addition, Gary Kubiak will leave his front office duties to run the offense, per Adam Schefter.
Fangio's departure is a blow to the Bears defense, but fantasy-wise the unit should be OK assuming the team hires a good defensive coordinator. His arrival should help get the Denver defense back on track to elite status. As for the offense, Kubiak has a long and great record as a play-caller. In his 22 years, his offenses have an average ranking of 9.3 in total yards and 11.5 in points scored. They have had an average ranking of 10.5 in rush attempts versus 15.8 in pass attempts, though in the last 11 years, his rush attempt ranking (14.7) and pass attempt ranking (14.1) evened out.