Report: Vic Fangio expected to return to Bears as Matt Nagy's defensive coordinator


Report: Vic Fangio expected to return to Bears as Matt Nagy's defensive coordinator

Vic Fangio isn't going anywhere.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Fangio will return to the team as defensive coordinator under new head coach Matt Nagy.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that it will be a three-year deal.

Fangio's contract expired Tuesday morning, the same day the team introduced Nagy to the media, and there was plenty of speculation that Fangio could leave for a job elsewhere — including a mention of interest from the rival Green Bay Packers.

But retaining Fangio's services is huge for Nagy and the Bears. Fangio spent all three seasons of the John Fox Era as defensive coordinator and transformed a struggling defense into one of the 10 best units in the NFL, statistically. The Bears ranked in the top 10 in the league in total defense this past season, allowing an average of 319.1 yards per game to opposing offenses. They ranked seventh in the NFL in pass defense, seventh in scoring defense and 11th in rush defense. Those numbers are especially impressive considering the amount of injuries sustained on that side of the ball this past season.

In transitioning from head coach to the next, the consistency Fangio brings to the defensive side of the ball will be extremely valuable, especially for young defenders the Bears have high hopes for like Leonard Floyd, Kyle Fuller, Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson.

Fangio was one of six coaches interviewed for the head-coaching job that eventually went to Nagy. Prior to joining Fox's staff, Fangio served as Jim Harbaugh's defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers.

Aaron Lynch misses Bears practice with hamstring injury

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Aaron Lynch misses Bears practice with hamstring injury

The Chicago Bears are thin at outside linebacker after only signing Aaron Lynch to provide a pass rush opposite Leonard Floyd this season. 

Lynch was considered a risky signing in March because of his injury history. He's appeared in only 28 games over the last three years and he's already off to an injured start with the Bears.

Lynch was one of several players to miss Sunday's practice with a hamstring injury, a list that includes fellow starter, Danny Trevathan.

Lynch and Trevathan missed Saturday's practice, too.

Other Bears who sat out on Sunday were Sherrick McManis (hamstring), Daniel Brown (ankle) and Joel Iyiegbuniwe (shoulder). First-round pick Roquan Smith remains a holdout.

Lynch is in a training camp battle with Sam Acho for a starting job and will have to hold off Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving as well. The more time he loses to injury, the less and less likely the chances are that he'll become an impact player on defense.

It's still early, and the Bears have an extra week of training camp because of the Hall of Fame game. There's plenty of time for Lynch to get healthy and put this hamstring issue behind him. 

Matt Nagy doesn't care about being a players' coach

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Matt Nagy doesn't care about being a players' coach

Matt Nagy is a few days into his first training camp as an NFL head coach, and while he's earned praise from players up and down the Chicago Bears' roster, he said Sunday after practice that he's not concerned with being a player's coach.

"I don't care about the players' coach part," he said, "but I care that they respect me and our coaches. This isn't going to happen overnight, this is something I'm trying to build with the players.

"There's so much stuff that comes into this. There are little areas where were all growing and that's where I think the respect factor comes in for all coaches."

Nagy won't make any friends with his approach to practicing in bad weather. The first few days of Bears camp have been drenched by rain but Nagy hasn't moved practice indoors. Instead, he wants his team to get used to playing in the elements. Hardly a favor to the players, even if it will prepare them for bad weather games this season.

The Bears will debut Nagy and their new offense on August 2 against the Ravens in the Hall of Fame game. Starters will likely play only one series, if at all.