Bears considering signing Todd Bowles as replacement for Vic Fangio
The Chicago Bears may have their sights set on their next defensive coordinator to fill in for Vic Fangio after he just recently accepted the head coaching job for the Denver Broncos. Former New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles has emerged as Fangio’s replacement, despite recent reports that Bowles is going to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator.
Hold off on those Todd-Bowles-to Tampa stories, for now. Matt Nagy’s father coached Todd Bowles in high school, and Bowles is being considered to replace Vic Fangio as Chicago’s defensive coordinator, per league sources. Nothing signed in Tampa.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2019
Bowles is a fantastic defensive minded coach and a reunion with Bruce Arians sounds great, but there’s no question which team possesses the more talented defense. The Bears defense is a dream come true for a defensive coordinator. They are a Super Bowl caliber unit that just needs an offense to match their level of elite capability.
The Buccaneers defense will likely be a long work in progress for any defensive coordinator going forward. Bowles once coached the Arizona Cardinals defense a handful of years ago and they were a top unit each year under Bowles. Arians and Bowles were a fantastic combination in Arizona, but Arians’ hiatus and Bowles’ head coaching opportunity with the Jets closed the book in Arizona.
It would be an easy transition for the Bears with Bowles calling the plays, and his vision would line up very well with where Chicago is at. Bears head coach Matt Nagy has a long connection with Bowles which could lure him over to Chicago. Considering how great of a season the Bears had in 2018, it shouldn’t take a whole lot of convincing for Bowles, in addition to the rich history of great Bears defenses over the years.