If the Chicago Bears had defeated the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday evening, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio would not have been available to be hired by another team until the Bears had been eliminated from the postseason (or until after the Super Bowl, if Chicago made it there).
Both teams wanted to interview him for their offensive coordinator jobs, but Denver would like to keep Kubiak for the 2019 season. Fangio was at Halas Hall by midday and met with players before a planned second meeting with Elway, who is seeking the Broncos' fourth coach in six years.
The Broncos interviewed Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores for their vacant head coaching position Saturday, one day after he interviewed for the same position with the Dolphins and the Packers. Had he desired to leave, it's believed Broncos would not have blocked the requests. The Broncos offensive line improved some this season, despite injuries. According to reports, he could have continued as head coach, but he declined to fire multiple assistants.
Munchak previously served as head coach of the Titans from 2011 to 2013. It doesn't rule him out, but his résumé makes him an outlier in this search.
Fangio boasts a strong defensive background, and perhaps paired with the right offensive coordinator, can revive a Broncos franchise that has missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons.
Fangio, 60, had interviewed for only three other head-coaching jobs in his 32-year National Football League career: with the Chargers in 1997, the 49ers in 2015 and the Bears last year.
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