Even though they filed an interview request and did their homework on Vic Fangio, the Miami Dolphins pulled out of their interview with the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator on Monday. That left the Denver Broncos as the only team interested in interviewing the architect of the NFL regular season’s top scoring defense.
And according the Broncos, Fangio has successfully completed the interview process:
GM John Elway and the Broncos have completed their interview with Bears Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio for the team’s head coaching position.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 7, 2019
Huzzah! Hopefully things went well for Fangio, who interviewed for the Bears head-coaching position after John Fox was fired, but didn’t prepare for his upcoming interviews (or even take phone calls!) this year as he was focusing in on game-planning for the team’s Wild-Card Weekend showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.
As for the next step in the process, Broncos President/GM John Elway is wasting no time in locking down Fangio for some more one-on-one time (albeit in a different setting):
John Elway is going to dinner with Vic Fangio this evening in Chicago area. As Elway did with Chuck Pagano and Mike Munchak, per source. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 7, 2019
One word of advice to Fangio: Order the most expensive thing on the menu. Twice.
This could be Elway’s last-ditch pitch to lure Fangio away from his job as the Bears’ defensive coordinator. Or it could be Fangio’s last chance to pitch himself as the man who will lead the Broncos to prosperity as Vance Joseph’s replacement. And I suppose it could be an opportunity for Elway to seal the deal because Fangio knocked his socks off and wants to give him the job. As News9’s Mike Klis points out via a source, Elway had dinner with candidates Chuck Pagano and Mike Munchak after their respective interviews. So this could be something or could be nothing.
With the Dolphins backing out, it essentially boils down to Fangio returning to Chicago for his fifth year as the Bears’ defensive coordinator or getting the job in Denver, which opens up a prime gig on Matt Nagy’s staff. Either way, whatever happens here is going to have a sizable impact on what happens with the Bears.
The good news is that the Bears have a plan in place if Fangio moves on, and there will be no shortage of qualified candidates for the opening. Nagy will have options within the confines of Halas Hall and outside the building. But none of those options will go into motion until Fangio’s future is settled.
Sit tight and stay tuned. It’s time to play the waiting game.