Coaches & Assistants

Vic Fangio
Defensive Coordinator

Biography

Vic Fangio returns for his fourth season as Chicago's defensive coordinator after being hired by the Bears on January 20, 2015.

Fangio has spent the past three seasons as the Bears defensive coordinator after originally being hired on Jan. 20, 2015.

After inheriting a defense that had ranked 30th in total defense in 2013 and 2014, the Bears finished 14th, 15th, and 10th in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Prior to coming to Chicago, Fangio spent four seasons (2011-14) as defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. During his four seasons overseeing San Francisco's defense, the 49ers were second in the NFL in scoring defense (17.4 points per game), third in total defense (310.2 yards per game) and fourth in takeaways (122). The 49ers had the top run defense (92.0 ypg) and allowed the second-lowest yards per carry (3.78). Their pass defense was sixth in the NFL during that time (218.2 ypg) while allowing the second-lowest opponent passer rating (76.8). The 49ers defense also led the NFL in fewest first downs allowed (1,143) and were tied for sixth in 20+ yard touchdowns allowed (33).

The 49ers defense ranked in the top five in total defense in each of Fangio's four seasons with the team (fourth in 2011, third in 2012, fifth in 2013 and 2014) and in the top 10 in scoring defense all four seasons (second in 2011 and 2012, third in 2013 and tenth in 2014). The 49ers were one of only three teams in the NFL to have at least 25 takeaways in each of those four seasons.

Prior to his stint with San Francisco, Fangio directed defensive units that led the NFL or ranked among the top three teams in seven or more major statistical categories.

Fangio, who attended East Stroudsburg University, was inducted into the Northeast Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1993. He has a son, Christian, and a daughter, Cassie.

Vic Fangio returns for his fourth season as Chicago's defensive coordinator after being hired by the Bears on January 20, 2015.

Fangio has spent the past three seasons as the Bears defensive coordinator after originally being hired on Jan. 20, 2015.

After inheriting a defense that had ranked 30th in total defense in 2013 and 2014, the Bears finished 14th, 15th, and 10th in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Prior to coming to Chicago, Fangio spent four seasons (2011-14) as defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. During his four seasons overseeing San Francisco's defense, the 49ers were second in the NFL in scoring defense (17.4 points per game), third in total defense (310.2 yards per game) and fourth in takeaways (122). The 49ers had the top run defense (92.0 ypg) and allowed the second-lowest yards per carry (3.78). Their pass defense was sixth in the NFL during that time (218.2 ypg) while allowing the second-lowest opponent passer rating (76.8). The 49ers defense also led the NFL in fewest first downs allowed (1,143) and were tied for sixth in 20+ yard touchdowns allowed (33).

The 49ers defense ranked in the top five in total defense in each of Fangio's four seasons with the team (fourth in 2011, third in 2012, fifth in 2013 and 2014) and in the top 10 in scoring defense all four seasons (second in 2011 and 2012, third in 2013 and tenth in 2014). The 49ers were one of only three teams in the NFL to have at least 25 takeaways in each of those four seasons.

Prior to his stint with San Francisco, Fangio directed defensive units that led the NFL or ranked among the top three teams in seven or more major statistical categories.

Fangio, who attended East Stroudsburg University, was inducted into the Northeast Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1993. He has a son, Christian, and a daughter, Cassie.

 

Recent Articles

  • 5 things we learned from Vic Fangio

    Posted Sep 14, 2017

    Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio tackled several topics Thursday during his weekly press conference, including his thoughts on linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski and cornerback Kyle Fuller.

  • Fangio seeking players with ball skills

    Posted Jan 25, 2017

    While he's coaching the North team defense this week at the Senior Bowl, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is looking for prospects who possess a knack for making plays on the ball.

  • Fangio looking for defense to improve

    Posted Sep 28, 2016

    Injuries have forced the Bears to rely on several young players on defense, but coordinator Vic Fangio still expects the unit to perform better than it did last Sunday night in Dallas.

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