Fangio returns to Bears as defensive coordinator - – Rockford’s News Leader

Fangio returns to Bears as defensive coordinator


Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy Friday announced the re-signing of Vic Fangio as the team’s defensive coordinator and Mike Furrey as wide receivers coach.

Fangio has spent the past three seasons as the Bears defensive coordinator after originally being hired on Jan. 20, 2015. After inheriting a defense that had ranked 30th in total defense in 2013 and 2014, the Bears finished 14th, 15th, and 10th in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.

This past season, Fangio led a Bears defense that ranked ninth in the NFL in fewest points allowed (20.0), 10th in total defense (319.1 ypg), seventh in passing yards allowed (211.0) and 11th in rushing yards allowed (108.1). Since Week 4, Chicago’s defense allowed just 17 offensive TDs, which was tied for the second-fewest in the NFL. The Bears also recorded five games last season allowing only one or fewer offensive touchdowns and finished the regular season tied for third in the NFC and tied for seventh in the NFL with 42 sacks – the second most by a Bears defense in the past 20 years.

In Week 7 this past season, the Bears limited Carolina’s offense, which averaged nearly 23 points per game in the regular season, to just three points while scoring two defensive touchdowns. It marked just the fourth time since 2010 the Panthers had been held to three or fewer points and just the second time under head coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton’s direction.

Prior to coming to Chicago, Fangio spent four seasons (2011-14) as defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. During his four seasons overseeing San Francisco's defense, the 49ers were second in the NFL in scoring defense (17.4 points per game), third in total defense (310.2 yards per game) and fourth in takeaways (122). The 49ers had the top run defense (92.0 ypg) and allowed the second-lowest yards per carry (3.78). Their pass defense was sixth in the NFL during that time (218.2 ypg) while allowing the second-lowest opponent passer rating (76.8). The 49ers defense also led the NFL in fewest first downs allowed (1,143) and were tied for sixth in 20+ yard touchdowns allowed (33).

The 49ers defense ranked in the top five in total defense in each of Fangio's four seasons with the team (fourth in 2011, third in 2012, fifth in 2013 and 2014) and in the top 10 in scoring defense all four seasons (second in 2011 and 2012, third in 2013 and tenth in 2014). The 49ers were one of only three teams in the NFL to have at least 25 takeaways in each of those four seasons.

Prior to his stint with San Francisco, Fangio directed defensive units that led the NFL or ranked among the top three teams in seven or more major statistical categories.

Fangio, who attended East Stroudsburg University, was inducted into the Northeast Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1993. He has a son, Christian, and a daughter, Cassie.

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