With Vic Fangio, Broncos go with experience and toughness

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And maybe that's not a bad thing, after all.

Elway leaned on experience, hiring Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as Denver's new head coach, sources tell Denver7's Troy Renck.

Fangio has 32 years of coaching experience in the National Football League, including serving as the defensive coordinator for the 49ers during the team's 2012-2013 Super Bowl runner-up season. Sure, he's old enough to be Matt LaFleur or Kliff Kingsbury's dad, but that's not the reason this is an interesting hire.

After the last two seasons, it was clear Elway wanted the same profile in the new head coach that he had when he hired Fox to replace McDaniels in 2011.

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Fangio will succeed Vance Joseph, who Broncos GM John Elway fired at the conclusion of a disappointing 6-10 season.

After the team fired Joseph, the Broncos began a coaching search that included Vic Fangio and former Titans head coach Mike Munchak.

Fangio has 19 years of coordinating experience for the Panthers, Colts, Texans, 49ers and Bears.

This is a team that was built on defense last season.

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The Broncos fired former coach Vance Joseph on December 31 after he posted 5-11 and 6-10 records in his two seasons at the helm. But the Broncos have had too much change in recent years, too many new offenses, too much turnover at the coordinator spots and too much uncertainty at quarterback for a franchise that had prided itself on churning out wins for so long.

Fangio gets the job after his Bears finished tops in the league in points allowed and third in yards allowed in 2018. He's led the Bears' defense since 2015.

While he was a great coordinator it will be interesting to see who was more responsible for the uptick this season, Mack and Roquan Smith or the evolution of Fangio's defense.

Expect the Broncos to stick with their 3-4 defense.

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Kubiak coach the Broncos for two seasons and led them to the Super Bowl 50 championship three years ago.