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Vic Fangio, longtime NFL defensive coordinator, to become Broncos’ head coach

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio walks to the field before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Chicago. John Elway met with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio about the Denver Broncos' head coaching vacancy Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, a day after Chicago's 16-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC wild-card playoffs. At 60, Fangio is the oldest of the five candidates on Elway's short list as he searches for his fourth head coach in six years.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Nam Y. Huh

The Broncos are finalizing a deal to hire long-time NFL defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as their 14th full-time head coach, according to a league source.

Fangio was John Elway’s choice among five candidates interviewed from Jan. 2-7 and will be the Broncos’ fourth coach in six years. The other finalist was Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak.

Fangio, 60, has not been a head coach at any level, but does have 32 years of NFL experience, including 19 as a defensive coordinator.

“Everybody in the league knows how great of a coach and a person Coach Vic is and they know what he brings to the table,” Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara said recently.

Fangio jumped to the top of the Broncos’ list after a nearly four-hour interview on Monday morning, just hours after Chicago’s 16-15 playoff loss to Philadelphia. In the regular season, the Bears had the league’s top defense, leading in takeaways (36), interceptions (27), lowest passer rating (72.9), three-and-out percentage (26.8), fewest rushing touchdowns (five), fewest rushing yards per game (80.0) and scoring (17.7 points per game).

Read the full story via The Denver Post.

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