Source: DC Fangio gets 3-year deal with Bears

From ESPN - January 12, 2018

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a new three-year deal with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday.

The Bears interviewed Fangio, 59, for their head coach position last week. General manager Ryan Pace ultimately tabbed former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to succeed John Fox, whom Pace fired at the end of the regular season.

Still, the Bears and Nagy were eager to retain Fangio, who inherited one of the NFL's worst defenses in 2015 and coached the unit back to respectability over the course of three seasons.

The Bears' defense finished in the top 10 in passing yards (seventh), points allowed (ninth) and total yards (10th) allowed in 2017. Chicago ranked 11th in rushing defense.

"That's a very important hire for me," Nagy said during his introductory news conference. "There are a lot of things that go into that decision, and Vic and I have talked. We understand that. We understand the situation. ... We are going to attack that full steam ahead, and we are going to make a clear decision about what's best for Vic and what's best for this organization."


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