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.