​We'd heard, and believed, that Vic Fangio was truly pondering what life was like on the ​other side of the NFC North, entertaining real overtures from the Packers and considering bouncing to their open gig.

We were even told he might be ​considered a favorite for those smug green-and-golders.

But then that job got ​filled by Mike Pettine. And just like that, Chicago expects to retain the man who turned their D into a swarm.

​​That's absolutely massive for Matt Nagy, an offensive mind Andy Reid considers among the best he's ever collaborated with (despite his ongoing Kareem Hunt-related brain lock). Nagy, for all his promise, absolutely has to rely on a seasoned defensive schemer like Fangio in his first year as a head man.

Now, he won't have to scramble at all.

Fangio led an understaffed Chicago unit to the 10th-best total defensive mark in the league this season, and found a clear first-year building block in Eddie Jackson, who he'll now get to watch grow and develop.

Win-win for all involved. Glad this got hammered out.