So, instead of going with a fresh-faced offensive-minded coach in the mold of the Rams' Sean McVay, he zeroed in on the grizzled teacher who's more like his first head coaching hire, John Fox, or the Chiefs' Andy Reid.
Fangio replaces Vance Joseph who was sacked by the Broncos after two seasons.
Munchak was an excellent offensive lineman during his playing days and he's done a great job as the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive line coach since 2014. Kubiak retired after five seasons with the Broncos and a 25-year coaching career following the 2017 season citing health reasons.
The two other candidates Denver interviewed - Zac Taylor and Brian Flores - probably aren't ready to become head coaches just yet.
Despite the experience and accolades, Fangio had hardly been considered as a head coach prior to January. "And most of that's all coordinated, so we know what they're running but, like I said, Vic Fangio, we practiced against them this year and they run a 3-4 perfectly", Harris said. In fact, his coaching career began way back in 1979 at a high school and he broke into the National Football League in 1986 as the linebackers coach of the New Orleans Saints.
Fangio has 19 years of coordinating experience for the Panthers, Colts, Texans, 49ers and Bears. The 58-year-old Scranton, PA native coached the Tennessee Titans for three seasons from 2011 to 2013, amassing a 22-26 mark and never reaching the playoffs. Bowles has most recently run 3-4 schemes in both NY and Arizona, and Chicago's defensive personnel would be a much better fit than the Bucs, who have run a 4-3 as their base defense since 1990. The team was also third in total defense, second in yards per play allowed and first in defensive points allowed.