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.
NFL: Report: Bears likely to retain DC Vic Fangio https://t.co/HwgkNcryvR— Rotoworld (@rotoworld) January 10, 2018
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.
The next domino to fall: There is still work to be done, but the likelihood now is that new #Bears coach Matt Nagy keeps defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The spots are filling up.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2018
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.