Former Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio is returning to the NFL sidelines next season.
After reports emerged last week that Fangio would join Mike McDaniel’s staff as the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, then Fangio pushed back on those reports, it’s now officially official.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Thursday that Fangio spoke to other NFL teams in recent days, but he has decided to join the Dolphins’ staff. He will start his new job after the Super Bowl.
“After speaking with multiple teams about their defensive coordinator position, Vic Fangio has decided to join the Dolphins as their defensive coordinator and officially will accept the position on the Miami staff after the Super Bowl,” Schefter tweeted.
Landing Fangio represents a significant win for the Dolphins. Fangio was a hot commodity among teams in need of a defensive coordinator this offseason, with the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers reportedly expressing interest, as well.
There had also been rumors that Sean Payton planned to bring Fangio with him as his defensive coordinator wherever he got hired to be a head coach. However, given that Payton will coach the Denver Broncos, which fired Fangio following the 2021 campaign, it makes sense that Fangio looked elsewhere.
The Dolphins fired defensive coordinator Josh Boyer after ranking 24th in the NFL in scoring defense in 2022, allowing opponents to score an average of 23.5 points per game. The team ranked 18th in total defense.
While Fangio struggled as a head coach, amassing a record of 19-30 in three seasons, he has a proven track record of success as a defensive coordinator. He led the 49ers’ defense from 2011-2014, helping the team reach three straight NFC Championship Games, and then spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. He was named the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year following the 2018 campaign.
Fangio has worked as a consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles’ dominant defense this season, hence why he will wait until after the Super Bowl to join the Dolphins’ staff. The Eagles will face the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 12.
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Publish Date:2023-02-03 00:27:20