With Vic Fangio, Broncos go with experience and toughness

But Fangio remained in Chicago, where his impressive overhaul of the Bears defense has now led him to his first National Football League head coaching job.

The Broncos have reached an agreement to name Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as the team's new coach, according to several reports.

Fangio inherits a Broncos team that has missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, but showed defensive improvement.

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. This will be his first head-coaching gig. Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Case Keenum were all next in a line of quarterbacks not named Manning that Elway failed to win with, and the inability to get the position right factored into Vance Joseph's firing after just two years as head coach. With the Bears since 2015, Fangio also held the same role with San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers.

Denver completed its interview with Fangio on Monday, a day after the Bears were eliminated from the playoffs.

Much as former Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips used to draw praise from players less than half his age, Fangio was greatly respected in the Bears' locker room. He's built dominant defenses in different eras, successfully adapting to changes in personnel, philosophies and style. I want the guys that understand the game, they understand Xs and Os but also have the ability to lead men. In his final season leading the Bears defense, they ranked as the No. 3 overall defense while boasting the NFL's best run-stopping defense.

The Eagles had taken the lead when Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL's stingiest defense.

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