Vic Fangio staying on with Chicago Bears as defensive coordinator

AP
Published 9:48 a.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018 | Updated 7:09 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018

CLOSE

SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ NFL experts tell you who’s going to be victorious on Sunday and who will be going home.
USA TODAY Sports

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Vic Fangio is returning to the Chicago Bears as defensive coordinator after being passed up for their head coaching job.

Fangio re-signed Friday and will continue to lead a defense he helped transform the past three seasons. He was the first candidate to interview for the Bears’ coaching job after John Fox was fired, but general manager Ryan Pace ultimately decided to go with former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.

Fangio was free to go elsewhere after his contract expired. Before he arrived in Chicago, the Bears’ defense ranked among the worst in franchise history. They were more than respectable in 2017 under Fangio despite losing several players to injuries, including linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Chicago’s defense ranked 10th overall, seventh against the pass, ninth in scoring and 11th against the run.

With Fangio…

Read Story