The Denver Post

Fangio introduced as Miami coordinato­r


MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. >> Veteran NFL coach Vic Fangio compared the year he took off from the sidelines to a tenured professor on sabbatical leave.

For the 64-year- old Fangio, whose NFL coaching career spans 35 years, class is in session again.

Fangio was introduced as the Miami Dolphins new defensive coordinato­r at the club’s training facility Monday. Fangio replaces Josh Boyer, who was not retained by head coach Mike Mcdaniel after three seasons with the club.

“I think the Dolphins have a good thing going here,” Fangio said. “There are good components of the coaching staff led by Mike that made it intriguing to join that. I still have a lot of coaching left in me. It’s who I am and what I enjoy doing.”

Fangio had a three-year head coaching tenure with the Denver Broncos, going 19-30.

He was fired after the 2021 season, when the Broncos went 7-10, and didn’t coach in 2022.

“It’s an exciting day for the Miami Dolphins organizati­on,” Mcdaniel said. “Since the season ended we’ve tried to attach in the journey looking towards the future, whom can we entrust to continue to develop the players.”

Under Boyer, the Dolphins were ranked 18th in defense and 27th in passing defense.

“You don’t have a sustaining career — longer than I’ve been alive — like Vic has, without that fearless chase of continuing to evolve and get better,” the 39-year- old Mcdaniel said.

Although the Dolphins defense was in the bottom half statistica­lly last season, Fangio believes the unit has a young and talented core.

Fangio singled out pass rusher Jaelan Phillips, safety Jevon Holland and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins among the players who could help lift Miami’s defense.

Fangio’s hiring already is attracting assistants from other teams. Chargers defensive coordinato­r Renaldo Hill, who worked with Fangio in Chicago and Denver, will join him.

“First and foremost, Renaldo is a good coach, a talented coach that’s got a bright future in the NFL,” Fangio said. “His familiarit­y with me and the system and what we do was important to me. But, regardless of that, just his ability to be a great coach is what attracted me.”

During his time off from coaching, Fangio studied game tapes throughout the season, visited family in the Northeast and played golf. Fangio also served as a consultant to Philadelph­ia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni while the club prepared for the NFC championsh­ip game and Super Bowl.

“It was an interestin­g year, one I would recommend for anybody to do it at some point,” Fangio said. “But in this business you can’t do it too often.”

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