The #Dolphins are giving "strong consideration" into hiring former #49ers, #Broncos, #Bears coach Vic Fangio for their Defensive Coordinator position, per @JosinaAnderson— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 21, 2023
Fangio is well-respected around the NFL and is considered one of the top defensive minds available. pic.twitter.com/T01rJwR8pW
Fangio, aged 64, has 22 years of NFL experience, spending 19 of those as a defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, and the Chicago Bears. In nine of those years, Fangio’s teams finished Top-10 in scoring defense and yards allowed. Most recently, Fangio spent three seasons as the head coach of the Denver Broncos, managing a 19-30 record.
In terms of scheme, Fangio often runs a 4-3 defense with a 3-4 personnel, and uses two-high (two deep safeties) to limit big plays. In short, he forces offenses to keep it short through the air, and makes the game a battle of attrition. Offenses are sometimes forced into running the ball, which not many teams do effectively in today’s NFL. And, having worked with a few of Miami’s players before, such as edge rusher Bradley Chubb, he just may be a perfect fit for the Dolphins.