One of the masterminds behind Jim Harbaugh’s elite defense, Vic Fangio is now joining John Fox in Chicago.
The Chicago Bears have reportedly found their new defensive coordinator in former San Francisco 49ers DC Vic Fangio.
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According to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora, Fangio was choosing between Chicago and Washington, but settled on Chicago to join newly-hired head coach John Fox in his rebuilding project.
Vic Fangio has decided to join John Fox’s staff in Chicago. Skins were very interested. Fangio made his decision today
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 20, 2015
Fangio has been an NFL coordinator in various capacities since he joined the New Orleans Saints 1986. He served there until 1994 when he became the Defensive Coordinator of the newly-founded Carolina Panthers. He moved on to the Indianapolis Colts in 1999, and later to the Houston Texans to become their first ever Defensive Coordinator. From 2006 to 2010 he worked for the Baltimore Ravens and later head coach John Harbaugh.
After leaving Baltimore in 2010, Fangio joined Harbaugh’s younger brother Jim Harbaugh at Stanford as defensive coordinator. When Harbaugh joined the 49ers in 2011, he took Fangio back to the NFL with him. In their first three seasons together the 49ers finished with a top 5 offense each time and appeared in three NFC Championship Games as well as Superbowl XLVII – a loss to John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens.
Offensive struggles in 2014 led to the 49ers and Harbaugh mutually parting ways and later hiring defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to replace Harbaugh. Instead of staying, Fangio chose to pursue other options.