Vic Fangio now able to talk to other teams

AP

Around the time last night’s college football national championship game ended, Vic Fangio became a free agent.

And that sets the stage for an interesting few days for the Bears defensive coordinator.

As noted by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears exclusive window to talk to Fangio about coming back next year expired at midnight, and he can now explore options with other teams.

One of those is expected to be the Packers, though new Bears coach Matt Nagy would likely want to retain Fangio as well.

Fangio was one of six candidates to interview for the Bears head coaching job, and they may have included him on that list to butter him up to stay, since it was widely believed they wanted a young offensive mind to pair with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

The Bears also told other head coaching candidates that they were interested in keeping the 59-year-old Fangio, who would provide some needed gravity for the 39-year-old Nagy.

21 responses to “Vic Fangio now able to talk to other teams

  1. With Austin gone, The Lions are clearly the best opening available for a DC to succeed. Can you imagine having the privilege of coaching Big Play Slay? Stick it to Chicago, Vic, and join The Detroit Lions!

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I hope the Bears top dogs understand that if they have to replace him, it needs to be with someone who runs essentially the same scheme. They can’t afford the time to retool the whole defensive side of the roster after they’ve spent the last 3 years getting [most of] the pieces for Vic’s scheme in place.

  3. If I’m Packer fans, Fangio is a nice get if they are able to pry him from Chicago. However, don’t sleep on Mike Pettine…dude has had a top ten defense as a defensive coordinator 5 times. No, his head coaching venture wasn’t successful in Cleveland, but who has been successful there at this point?

  4. I like Vic Fangio, hope we can bring him back. If we do bring in someone else, that person needs to keep same 3-4 defense, we’re built for 3-4 now.

  5. Indybear says:
    January 9, 2018 at 8:24 am
    It would be just like the Bears to let Fangio go to the Packers so he can toy with us twice a year.

    Who cares about Fangio. He’s not the only good DC. If he wants to go to the Fudge Packers then let him. Jack Del Rio is available.

  6. “Who cares about Fangio. He’s not the only good DC. If he wants to go to the Fudge Packers then let him. Jack Del Rio is available.”

    Del Rio is dicey best, Mike. Vic, if he becomes GBP DF Coordinator, will haunt the Bears for a year, and with their luck, will BECOME the Pack’s coach and haunt them for the next decade.

  7. As a fan of the team, here’s hoping the Bears find a way to convince Fangio to stay on. But I wouldn’t blame him at all for wanting to distance himself from this dismal organization.

  8. I really hope we can bring him back. He’s been making chicken salad out of chicken **** the past four years. If he gets an offense that can stay on the field more and a few more players to work with, the team would be a lot better.

  9. robertlseverson says:
    January 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Del Rio is dicey best, Mike. Vic, if he becomes GBP DF Coordinator, will haunt the Bears for years, and with their luck, will BECOME the Pack’s coach and haunt them for the next decade.

    Fangio won’t get a head coaching job. It’s likely Fangio will go to San Diego since his family is in California. Some of you Bear fans cry like there’s only one good DC. STOP YOURSELVES!

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