As expected, former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is in the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator mix.
The Packers — coach Mike McCarthy — will interview Fangio on Tuesday. That suggests that McCarthy was not blown away by any of the in-house candidates that he interviewed. Those would be cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt, linebackers coach Winston Moss and safeties coach Darren Perry, who was said to be the leading candidate.
McCarthy will also reportedly interview former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine for the job.
Fangio was interviewed for the Bears’ head coaching job, which was vacated when the team fired John Fox. That job went to Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.
Fangio’s contract with the Bears officially expires at noon on Tuesday.
It has been said that Fangio, who served as a defensive coordinator when Dom Capers was a head coach, would need to have Capers’ blessing to work for the Packers. Fangio was Capers’ DC when he was coach of the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans.
As gnarly as that may sound, Fangio spent three years with the Bears and built that unit into a top-10 defense. The Bears, despite their 5-11 record, had the 10th-ranked defense in the NFL.
Imagine the Packers with such a defense.
I think it’s gonna be slim pickings at DC when he can’t even hire his own staff. Hey Vic, you wanna come coach my horrible stat defense, but you can only hand pick the LB coach.
Off subject, but……
Wouldn’t it be interesting if a reporter asked …..
Reporter: Mark, you mentioned you learned new information about the lack of communication during the interview process, with that said….do you think it was in the best interest of the team for you to constantly say Ted was doing a great job and you never questioned Ted all these years? Do you wish you would have cared more before 2018, like you all of a sudden care now?
Murphy: Can we come back to that question later?
Reporter: Sure Mark, you’re the boss….let me ask you this then…You have mentioned management will be held more accountable now. Do you now regret that, by not ever questioning Ted, you virtually gave him an exemption from any form of accountability whatsoever? Did you feel that was in the best interest of the team the last 7 years? Do you feel that lack of accountability wormed it’s way down the coaching ranks?
Murphy: Whoa…(long deep chuckle)..that’s a lot of questions there. I’m not sure where to start with all that. I have an idea, why don’t i let our new General Manager Brian Gutinkinsdt field those questions.
Reporter: Mark, i believe his name is Gutekunst.
In my time in the work place environment, you see people all the time get complacent, especially when things are going well. When situations start to turn the other way, then everyone goes into crisis mode. Rule changes, staff reassigned, and sometimes termination. When management panics, bad things usually follow.
Good one P.
Interestingly the name has Germanic roots
Gute : Good
Kunst : Art
Let’s hope he’s true to his name.
Fangio might come in just to remove the stain of working with losing teams the last few years.
If they get Fangio, then all of this change was worth it. If they promote internally, then I will have my doubts.
If you really think this guy is the right one for this job and will maximize the players on the roster, then you hire him. Throw as much money at him as you can. Don’t half ass this, at this point with the super bowl window closing, you need to have conviction with your decisions. They literally can’t afford to screw this up by playing hardball and going cheap.
Apparently Fangio is their top choice. Now, go after him. Make him the highest paid defensive coordinator if you have to
Just saw a headline that they’ve also requested permission (not sure why, his contract expired today) from the Chargers to interview Gus Bradley.
It would be nice if we could get him in a package deal that includes bringing Casey Hayward back, hahaha.
At the very least, Bradley had an idea as to where and how to play Hayward. More than what could be said about Capers and the Head Buffoon MM . . .
Fangio would be my first choice followed by Bradley. Pettine would be alright, but the other two have to be priority
I guess since no one else is going to say it. The bears top ten defense with Fangio in charge gave up 23 points to the Packers offense ran by Brett Hundley. In addition the bears lost that game at home. Providing Hundley with his first career win. Great idea! Sound like something that would happen to a Capers defense. A first ever for an unknown QB, or receiver, or RB. Go after Bradley if you want a real change in the defense.