"I want to thank Vic for his last four seasons as our defensive coordinator and wish him the best as head coach of the Denver Broncos", Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement.
Heading into Tuesday's Fan War Room, "Stokley and Zach" co-host Brandon Stokley said of the two frontrunners for the Denver Broncos head coaching job that he had been leaning toward Mike Munchak over Vic Fangio. It was a diplomatic and likely honest answer from the new head coach.
And by Thursday afternoon, Fangio's mantra of "death by inches" was already making the rounds in a football-mad region that has seen its team miss the playoffs in each of the past three seasons.
The Broncos, since winning Super Bowl 50 in the 2015 season, have gone a combined 20-28 (.417), including 11-21 (.344) under recently-fired head coach Vance Joseph, who was in charge of the Broncos' first back-to-back losing seasons since 1972.
The team began searching for a new coach on December 31 after Vance Joseph was sacked from the position.
"Well, right now, Case Keenum is our quarterback", Fangio said. "And that's death by inches". "Von Miller can be one of the rare players in this league, much like Khalil is".
Fangio is Elway's fourth coach in six seasons and his third with defensive roots, joining John Fox and Joseph, who replaced Gary Kubiak two years ago.
"It's always good when you have a guy on your side of the ball and can take matters into their own hands", Parks said.
"The more we talk about it, the more I think about who's going to be most receptive to Gary Kubiak".