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It was reported on Friday afternoon that the Chicago Bears had agreed to terms with  defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on a new three year contract. With a defense that has showed steady improvement throughout Vic Fangio’s first three seasons with the Bears, retaining Fangio was at the top of the list of priorities for Ryan Pace after hiring new head coach Matt Nagy. Here are three reasons why having Vic Fangio running the defense at Halas Hall will have the Bears closer to contenders than pretenders during the 2018 season.

1) Continuity is key– Vic Fangio has watched his defense improve year by year over the past three seasons. Finishing in the top ten league wide in points allowed, passing yards allowed, and total yards allowed during the 2017 season, Bears fans are excited to see what Vic can do with another three seasons calling the shots. Fangio’s defense was the bright spot of the 2017 season even with the loss of multiple starters to injured reserve. Considering the players familiarity with Fangio and his play calling, we can feel confident that the defensive side of the ball should be on the same page to kick off the 2018 season.

2) Nagy can focus on the offense– Known for his most recent work as offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, newly appointed head coach Matt Nagy can rest assured that the defense is in good hands with Fangio in 2018 and can focus the majority of his efforts on developing QB Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense in his first season at the helm. With Fangio in place and a brand new staff of offensive positional coaches to get acquainted with, Matt Nagy will have more time to get the ball rolling on making the Bears offense his own.

3) Bears defense should have more depth– Last season, the Bears lost starters Quintin Demps, Willie Young, Leonard Floyd, Mitch Unrein, Pernell McPhee and Jerrell Freeman to injured reserve. While not all players are expected back next season, losing six starters to injured reserve was definitely a blow to the defense. Fangio’s unit still managed to finish in the top ten in total defense without those starters. If Ryan Pace can hit with another successful draft class on the defensive side of the ball and the defense returns a few key starters into the lineup, Fangio’s defense could be on the rise once again in his fourth season.

How good do you think the Bears defense can be in 2018?


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