League sources tell Jason La Canfora that Bears DC Vic Fangio is being mentioned in other front offices as a potential head-coaching candidate.
While NFL teams have focused on offensive-minded head-coaching candidates in recent years, La Canfora mentions that Fangio has long been considered one of the premier defensive minds in the game and he is expected to garner legitimate head-coaching interest in 2019.
In fact, La Canfora has spoken with several sources who expect to conduct head-coaching searches who told him that they have Fangio on their initial list of candidates.
“He should have an opportunity to get in front of a few teams this time around,” an executive tells La Canfora. “He’s someone we would want to talk to.”
Fangio previously interviewed for the Bears and 49ers’ head-coaching job.
Fangio, 60, began his NFL coaching career with the Saints back in 1986 as their linebackers coach. He has worked for several teams including the Panthers, Colts, Texans, Ravens and 49ers before he was hired by the Bears as their defensive coordinator back in 2015.
Fangio’s contract expired last year, but the Bears re-signed him to a new three-year contract.
In 2018, the Bears’ defense ranks No. 3 in yards allowed, No. 3 in points allowed, No. 2 in rushings yards allowed and No. 10 in passing yards allowed.