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The Bear’s Den, January 10, 2019

Vic has vamoosed, will he take Ed Donatell with him? Who’s “next man up” for Chicago’s defensive coordinator?

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Safety Shaun Gayle #23 of the Chicago Bears tackles running back Wendell Tyler #26 of the San Francisco 49ers during a game at Candlestick Park on October 13, 1985 in San Francisco, California. The Bears won 26-10. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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Bernstein: Bears Should Be Fine With New Defensive Coordinator - 670 The Score - While Vic Fangio is gone, almost all of the terrific defensive personnel returns.

Emma: Broncos Tab Bears Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio As New Head Coach - 670 The Score - Fangio, 60, will be an NFL head coach for the first time.

5@5: Is Mitchell Trubisky A Franchise QB? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Hoge and Jahns, Episode 213: Fangio Leaves For Denver, What’s Next for the Bears? | WGN Radio - 720 AM - Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns’ midweek recording was interrupted by some Breaking News: the Bears defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio, accepted a head coaching offer from the Denver Broncos. The guys breakdown the decision Fangio had to make and run through some possible replacements. Before the news broke, Hoge and Jahns share their thoughts on the Bears’ playoff loss to the Eagles. They also talk about some of the other rumors from around the league as the coaching carousel spins.

Mullin: Replacing an “Evil Genius” will be delicate challenge for Bears, Matt Nagy - NBC Sports Chicago - It won't be easy to replace the Bears' "evil genius."

Stankevitz: As Broncos hire Vic Fangio as head coach, challenge for Bears' defense in 2019 grows greater - NBC Sports Chicago - With Vic Fangio being hired as the next head coach of the Denver Broncos, can the Bears' defense overcome his departure in 2019?

Ellis: Bears players react to the Vic Fangio leaving to be the head coach of the Broncos - NBC Sports Chicago - It's getting kinda dusty in here.

Moreano: Reactions From Vic Fangio Becoming Broncos Head Coach - The Chicago Audible Blog - Vic Fangio is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos. Here is how some of Fangio's former players, national media members and fans reacted to the hire.

Letizia: 3 Options to Replace Vic Fangio - The Chicago Audible Blog - There is not a more attractive job in all of sports right now than defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears. Here are three options to fill Fangio's void.

Chalk Talk: What happened on Miller fumble? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what transpired on Anthony Miller’s fumble against the Eagles, how much the playoff loss will motivate the Bears and why the Bears didn’t make a change at kicker during the season.

Monsters of the Midway Comic Strip - The Fight Continues - Follow along as we tell the story of the Monsters of the Midway defending Chicago from a weekly nemesis from the 2018 schedule and postseason.

Medina: Despite Whiffing On Todd Bowles, Bears Defensive Coordinator Gig Should Generate Plenty of Interest - Bleacher Nation - Plenty of good candidates out there, even if the top option is off the board.

Hughes: Fangio to Denver, Bears Looking for a New Defensive Coordinator - Da Bears Blog - I’ve never been one of the Fangio sycophants. I think he’s a good, solid, stable defensive coach but his genius has been overstated for years. The Bears defense took a leap this season because the Bears added one of the two best defensive players in the sport and drafted a star inside linebacker. That’s why sacks, turnovers, performance increased.

Legwold: With Vic Fangio, Broncos go with experience and toughness - ESPN - Denver tried the young coordinators and it didn't work. Fangio has never been a head coach, but he brings a long list of credentials.

Potash: Focus is on Fangio successor, but pressure is on Nagy, Trubisky & Co. in 2019 - Sun Times - Whatever step back the defense might take without Fangio ... should be offset by pretty significant improvement from Nagy’s offense.

Finley: With Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio off to run the Broncos — now what? - Sun Times - After 32 years in the NFL, Vic Fangio is finally getting a head coaching job.

Jahns: Bears defensive coordinator search - What do they have in place for Vic Fangio's replacement? - Sun Times - The Bears have the best job opening in all of football. How so? Here’s a five-part look at what awaits their next defensive coordinator.

Telander: There's no guarantee Bears will get further than they did this season - Sun Times - Injuries happen. Critical assistant coaches leave. The ball bounces in odd ways. Ken's Note: "There's no guarantee Bears will get further than they did this season"? Really? This is journalism?

Wiederer & Campbell: Who will replace Vic Fangio? 5 key questions as the Bears search for a new defensive coordinator - Chicago Tribune - With Vic Fangio leaving Chicago to become the new coach of the Broncos, the Bears face a major challenge in finding their next defensive coordinator. So just how attractive is this job? And what should Matt Nagy prioritize in hiring Fangio's replacement?

Biggs: Vic Fangio leaves the Bears to become the head coach of the Broncos - Chicago Tribune - Vic Fangio is leaving the Bears to become the Broncos head coach. The 60-year-old coordinator guided the NFL’s No. 1 scoring defense this season.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: Was coverage soft on Eagles' game-winning score? Offseason priorities? Draft a running back? And yes, kicker questions. - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions: Did the defense play soft coverage on Philadelphia's game-winning touchdown? What upgrades could be made on offense? Will the Bears draft a running back? Would the Bears consider Kareem Hunt? Lots and lots of questions about kickers and Cody Parkey.

Kane: With 36 takeaways, was this the most productive Bears defense in team history? Check the numbers. - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears head into the offseason following their 16-15 first-round playoff loss to the Eagles, here’s one final look at their season by the numbers.


Music stops for Mike McCarthy – ProFootballTalk - With former Packers coach Mike McCarthy going all in for the Jets job and with the Jets going all in for Adam Gase, McCarthy is officially SOL for 2019. The good news is that the Packers will pay him to not work, until his contract expires.

Jets hiring ex-Dolphins coach Adam Gase as head coach - - Adam Gase has found a new head coaching gig in the AFC East. The New York Jets are hiring the former Miami Dolphins skipper as their next head coach, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.


Jake Rudock reportedly turned down Detroit Lions’ contract - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions offered to bring back Jake Rudock for 2019, but the third-string quarterback decided to move on.

Report: Chicago Bears lose defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the new Broncos head coach - Pride Of Detroit - The Bears just lost one of their best coaches.

Detroit Lions Loyalty - Pride Of Detroit - A taste of optimism following an extremely disappointing 2018 season.

Detroit Lions to scout new Alliance of American Football league - Pride Of Detroit - The offseason is in full gear and the newest wrinkle has already garnered attention from the Lions’ top brass.

Where is this franchise headed? - Daily Norseman - I have questions. Lots of questions.

NFC North: An Early Look at Next Season - Daily Norseman - Now that the Bears are out of the playoffs, all four NFC North teams are officially in the off-season, completing their evaluations, planning for the draft and free agency, making staff and roster...

Matt LaFleur’s mandate to update the Packers’ offense starts with finding the right coordinator - Acme Packing Company - With Mike Pettine returning to run the defense, Green Bay clearly wants LaFleur focusing on the offensive side of the ball. Here are some ideas of who he could tab as OC.

Broncos set to hire Bears DC Vic Fangio as new head coach, taking him out of NFC North - Acme Packing CompanyPackers fans should be pleased that the architect of Chicago’s - excellent defense is headed out of the division.


Sunderbruch: The Best Defense is a Good Offense - Windy City Gridiron - One key takeaway from the 2018 season is that a solid defense can only do so much, because without a reliable offense, a team will struggle to make a deep playoff run.

Zeglinski: Life without Fangio - Defensive coordinator options for the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ defense is stacked with talent. But they need a new leader with Vic Fangio gone to Denver.

Wiltfong: Bears’ Vic Fangio hired as head coach of the Denver Broncos - Windy City Gridiron - The surly defensive coordinator is on his way to Denver.

Chicago Bears fans react to the Denver Broncos hiring Vic Fangio as HC - Mile High Report - Chicago Bears fans were ... less than pleased that the Denver Broncos hired Vic Fangio as their next head coach.

Report: Joe Woods given permission to interview for other jobs - Mile High Report - With a new defensive mind in town, the Broncos former Defensive Coordinator could be on his way out.

Vic Fangio is the right choice for the Denver Broncos - Mile High Report - The Broncos need a a take-no-prisoners, experienced leader, and they have that now with Fangio.


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