Vic Fangio

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Vic Fangio
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Fangio in 2009
Chicago Bears
Position: Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1958-08-22) August 22, 1958 (age 59)
Dunmore, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school: Dunmore (PA)
College: East Stroudsburg
Career history
As coach:
Coaching stats at PFR

Victor John Fangio (born August 22, 1958) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). Prior to the Bears, Fangio was defensive coordinator for San Francisco 49ers, the Stanford Cardinal, linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens and defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Carolina Panthers.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

From 1979 to 1981, he was the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator at Dunmore High School. In 1982, he was the defensive coordinator at Milford Academy, and in 1984 he became a defensive assistant coach for the Baltimore Stars of the United States Football League (USFL). From 1986 to 1994 he joined the NFL as the New Orleans Saints' linebackers coach, where he oversaw the Dome Patrol era of outstanding linebacker play. He then went on to become the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (1995–98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-01), and the Houston Texans (2002–05). In 2006, he was hired to become special assistant to head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. In 2010, he was the defensive coordinator for the Stanford Cardinal and in 2011 he followed Jim Harbaugh to the San Francisco 49ers when Harbaugh was hired as the head coach.[1] Along with Harbaugh, he was credited with turning around the 49ers defense, producing a league-high 35 turnovers in 2011.

Fangio was released from his contract by the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, January 15, 2015 after Harbaugh was let go. On January 19, he agreed in principle to become the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.[2] After the departure of outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt in 2017, Fangio assumed the position in addition to his role as defensive coordinator.[3] During Fangio's first three seasons in Chicago, the Bears defense improved from a 30th-ranked unit in 2014 to being 14th, 15th, and 10th in total defense.[4] His contract expired following the 2017 season and was interviewed for the Bears' head coaching position on January 3, 2018.[5] Nine days later, he signed a three-year extension with the Bears.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Bio: Vic Fangio". Stanford University. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Vic Fangio new Bears D-coordinator". ESPN. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ Potash, Mark (January 25, 2017). "Bears upgrade their coaching staff: Vic Fangio with OLBs". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  4. ^ Williams, Charean (January 12, 2018). "Bears keep Vic Fangio, hire Mike Furrey". Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  5. ^ Stankevitz, JJ (January 7, 2018). "Where the Bears' coaching search stands after one week and six interviews". WMAQ-TV. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  6. ^ Dickerson, Jeff (January 12, 2018). "Vic Fangio agrees to new deal to remain with Bears". ESPN. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 

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