Troy Renck of Denver 7 reports that Bears DC Vic Fangio and Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak have emerged as the front-runners for the Broncos’ head-coaching job.
Mike Klis of 9 News also mentions that the Broncos appear to be down to Fangio and Munchak for the position.
According to Klis, Fangio may have a slight edge over Munchak, given that he’s considered one of the league’s best defensive coordinators in the NFL.
The list of reported interviews for the Broncos includes:
- Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor (Interviewed)
- Former Colts HC Chuck Pagano (Interviewed)
- Steelers OL Coach Mike Munchak (Interviewed)
- Patriots DC Brian Flores (Interviewed)
- Bears DC Vic Fangio (Interviewed)
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. 1 in points allowed, No. 1 in rushings yards allowed and No. 7 in passing yards allowed.
Munchak, 58, played 12 years in the NFL for the Houston Oilers. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, four-time first-team All-Pro, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011.
Munchak began his NFL coaching career in 1994 with the Oilers as their offensive assistant/quality control coach and eventually worked his way up to being the Titans head coach in 2011. After Tennessee fired following his third season, Munchak agreed to become the Steelers’ offensive line coach in 2014.