Ian Rapoport reports that recently hired Bears HC Matt Nagy will likely retain Vic Fangio as the team’s defensive coordinator. Rapoport adds that there is “still work to be done.”
Rapoport reported earlier today that the Bears would like to keep Fangio in place after he was reportedly the Packers’“top choice” to become their next defensive coordinator.
Yesterday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears made it known to their head-coaching candidates that they were interested in retaining Fangio.
According to Biggs, it’s believed that Fangio was one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the NFL this past season at more than $2 million, trailing perhaps only Rams DC Wade Phillips. Biggs says that it will likely require a pay raise to keep Fangio.
Biggs adds that it would not be a surprise if the Packers were atop the list of a few teams.
Fangio, 59, 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.
He is not under contract for the 2018 season, so it will be interesting to see what he demands from Chicago.
We’ll have more regarding Fangio as the news is available.