The Denver Broncos’ head-coaching search is down to two finalists, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
9News Denver reported general manager John Elway, team president Joe Ellis and the team’s search committee were meeting Tuesday to further discuss the finalists. The report added Fangio was considered a slight favorite for the job.
ESPN reported a decision is expected within the next 24 hours or so.
Fangio, 60, met with the team on Monday, a day after the Bears lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 16-15 in the wild-card playoffs. He has 32 years of NFL coaching experience, including 18 years as a defensive coordinator, but never has been a head coach. Fangio has drawn extensive praise for his work in Chicago, where the Bears’ defense finished first in yards per play and points per game allowed this season.
Munchak, 58, interviewed with the team last week and was singled out by reports as the favorite over other interviewees in former Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, 58, New England Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores, 37, and Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, 35.
Munchak has three years of head-coaching experience, going 22-26 from 2011 to 2013 with the Tennessee Titans. He could have stayed with the team longer but was fired when he declined to make changes to his staff. He has spent the past five years in his current position in Pittsburgh after spending the first 20 years of his coaching career with the Titans/Oilers franchise.
The Broncos are hiring their fourth head coach in six years after firing Vance Joseph.
The next coaching staff is expected to involve former head coach Gary Kubiak, who led the team in 2015 (winning a Super Bowl) and 2016 before stepping away due to health concerns. Kubiak has spent the last two years in an advisory role in the team’s personnel department.