Dolphins rent former Broncos coach Vic Fangio as new defensive coordinator

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Tom Brady may not be coming to Miami this offseason, however one other massive identify is on the way in which. On the identical day his 2022 employer is vying for an NFC title, Eagles guide and former Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has agreed to phrases on a document contract to grow to be the Dolphins‘ subsequent defensive coordinator, as reported by NFL Media and confirmed by CBS Sports activities NFL insider Jonathan Jones.

Fangio, 64, will grow to be the NFL’s highest-paid coordinator as a part of a three-year deal that features a fourth-year staff choice, per Tom Pelissero. He just lately interviewed for open jobs with the Falcons and Panthers however will now function Mike McDaniel’s chief assistant in Miami. This marks Fangio’s fifth totally different defensive coordinator job on the NFL stage.

When McDaniel was employed final offseason, the first-year coach notably retained Josh Boyer, who served as DC below Brian Flores beginning in 2020. However the Dolphins’ protection ranked among the many league’s worst in opposition to the go (twenty seventh) and in common factors surrendered per sport (twenty fourth) throughout a 9-8 end this season. Boyer’s unit completed sixteenth in factors allowed per sport the 12 months earlier than, regressing from a promising 2020 debut that noticed Miami method the highest 5 in that class.

Fangio, in the meantime, has in depth expertise guiding top-10 defenses over the course of greater than 30 years as an NFL coach. Regardless of a 19-30 document as Denver’s head coach from 2019-2021, he maintained a stingy Broncos “D” throughout that stretch. In 2022, consulting Jonathan Gannon’s Eagles protection, he helped oversee Philly’s No. 1-rated go protection. Fangio can also be well-known for his earlier stops as a coordinator, together with with the Bears (2015-2018) and 49ers (2011-2014).