Bears’ Fan­gio has in­ter­view with Den­ver

Packer Plus - - NEWS - As­so­ci­ated Press

John El­way met with Bears de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Vic Fan­gio about the Den­ver Bron­cos’ head coach­ing va­cancy Mon­day, a day af­ter Chicago’s 16-15 loss to the Philadel­phia Ea­gles in the NFC wild-card play­offs.

At 60, Fan­gio is the old­est of the five can­di­dates on El­way’s short list as he searches for his fourth head coach in six years. Fan­gio was also ex­pected to in­ter­view for Mi­ami’s head coach­ing va­cancy, but the Dol­phins didn’t sched­ule an in­ter­view with him.

El­way, who fired Vance Joseph a week ago, also in­ter­viewed for­mer Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Steel­ers of­fen­sive line coach Mike Mun­chak, who are both 58, Pa­tri­ots de­fen­sive play­caller Brian Flores, 37, and Rams quar­ter­backs coach Zac Tay­lor, 35.

Un­like Mun­chak and Pagano, Fan­gio has no NFL head coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, although he has been an as­sis­tant for 32 sea­sons in the NFL.

He has 19 years of co­or­di­nat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the Pan­thers, Colts, Tex­ans, 49ers and Bears. He’s built dom­i­nant de­fenses in dif­fer­ent eras, suc­cess­fully adapt­ing to changes in per­son­nel, philoso­phies and style. The 2018 sea­son was his best as Chicago al­lowed an NFLlow 17.7 points per game.

Parkey’s kick was blocked: Cody Parkey’s missed 43-yard field goal in the fi­nal sec­onds that gave the Philadel­phia Ea­gles a 16-15 upset win over the Chicago Bears in Sun­day’s wild-card play­off game was of­fi­cially ruled a block by the NFL.

Video showed Philadel­phia’s Treyvon Hester tipped the ball, which bounced off the up­right and hit the cross­bar. Ea­gles coach Doug Ped­er­son on Mon­day praised Hester, who be­gan the sea­son on the prac­tice squad, for hav­ing “a big hand in the game.”

Browns have in­ter­est in Colts aide Eber­flus: The Cleve­land Browns have in­ter­viewed In­di­anapo­lis de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Matt Eber­flus, who padded his coach­ing re­sume Saturday with an im­pres­sive play­off per­for­mance.

Eber­flus met with Cleve­land gen­eral man­ager John Dorsey and other mem- bers of the Browns front of­fice one day af­ter his de­fense bot­tled up Hous­ton quar­ter­back De­shaun Wat­son in the Colts’ 21-7 wild-card win. The Colts sacked Wat­son three times, ha­rassed him all game and in­ter­cepted him once to ad­vance.

Eber­flus is in his first sea­son with the Colts. He spent the past seven as the Cow­boys lineback­ers coach.

The 48-year-old Eber­flus, who is from Toledo, Ohio, pre­vi­ously worked with the Browns as their lineback­ers coach in 2009-’10.

Dorsey has now met with six can­di­dates in his first coach­ing search as Cleve­land’s GM. The Browns went 7-8-1 this sea­son af­ter be­com­ing the sec­ond team in NFL his­tory to go 0-16.

Dol­phins in­ter­view Richard: Dal­las Cow­boys sec­ondary coach Kris Richard is the fourth can­di­date to in­ter­view for the Mi­ami Dol­phins’ coach­ing job.

Fresh off his team’s wild-card play­off win over Seat­tle, Richard met Sun­day with the Dol­phins. They ear­lier in­ter­viewed New Or­leans Saints de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Den­nis Allen, New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots lineback­ers coach Brian Flores and Kansas City Chiefs of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Eric Bie­niemy.

Dol­phins owner Stephen Ross trav­eled to Dal­las for the in­ter­view and was a guest of Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones at their play­off game Saturday night. Ross is seek­ing a re­place­ment for Adam Gase, fired Mon­day af­ter three sea­sons.

Richard took over the Cow­boys’ play­call­ing du­ties this sea­son from de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Rod Marinelli. Richard spent three years as the Sea­hawks’ de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and was fired af­ter the 2017 sea­son.

Ma­homes part of All-Pro squad: Pa­trick Ma­homes and three other Kansas City Chiefs player have made The As­so­ci­ated Press 2018 NFL All-Pro Team. They are joined by the first rookie team­mates since 1965 – Colts guard left Quen­ton Nel­son and line­backer Dar­ius Leonard.

Rams de­fen­sive tackle Aaron Don­ald was the only unan­i­mous choice Fri­day in bal­lot­ing by a na­tion­wide panel of 50 me­dia mem­bers who reg­u­larly cover the league.

Kansas City’s sec­ond-year sen­sa­tion drew 45 votes at quar­ter­back and is joined on the team by team­mates Travis Kelce at tight end, Tyreek Hill as the Mitchell Schwartz flex player and right tackle.

Nel­son and Leonard are among four rook­ies on the squad, a first for the AP team. Sea­hawks punter Michael Dick­son and Charg­ers safety Der­win James also made it. The last time rook­ies from the same team were All-Pros was 1965. And that was not a bad combo: Dick Butkus and Gale Say­ers, both Hall of Famers.

Chicago also had four All-Pros: edge rusher Khalil Mack, cor­ner­back Kyle Fuller, safety Ed­die Jack­son and punt re­turner Tarik Co­hen.

Two play­ers made All-Pro for the fifth time: Hous­ton edge rusher J.J. Watt and Carolina line­backer Luke Kuechly.

“It means a lot to get back to the top level of the game,” said Watt, a for­mer star at Wis­con­sin who missed most of the 2016 and ’17 sea­sons with ma­jor in­juries.

The team had a split of 14 AFC and 14 NFC mem­bers. There were 16 new­com­ers.

In the draft: Record-set­ting Ohio State QB Dwayne Hask­ins Jr. said he is leav­ing school to en­ter the NFL draft. at


Bears de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Vic Fan­gio has built a dom­i­nant de­fense in Chicago.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.