Report: Broncos interviewing Bears’ Ed Donatell for defensive coordinator position
Ed Donatell may be joining Vic Fangio with the Denver Broncos.
According to a new report, the Broncos are interviewing Donatell for their vacant defensive coordinator position:
Broncos are interviewing Ed Donatell today for the defensive coordinator position per source. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 15, 2019
Donatell is currently the defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears, and if he gets the position, the Broncos will be “stealing him away” in a manner of speaking.
And according to a separate report, Donatell is in a bit of a compromising position — he is reportedly trying to decide if the Broncos or the Bears are a better option for his career.
As it stands right now, Donatell is a “free agent” — his contract with the team expired, and the Bears have already hired former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano for the defensive coordinator position. If Donatell ends up joining the Broncos, he’ll be serving under Fangio, the Bears’ former defensive coordinator.
This is an interesting position for Donatell, considering many sports commentators were expecting him to immediately jump ship when Fangio was announced as the head coach of the Broncos. Fangio and Donatell have a long history together, so it would make sense that they’d want to work together again, especially given their success in the past with the Bears and San Francisco 49ers.
Ed Donatell was the secondary coach of the New York Jets between 1990 and 1994 before holding the same position with the Denver Broncos between 1995 and 1999. During his first time with the Broncos, he helped the team win the Super Bowl twice. In 2000, he became the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers.