Vic Fangio knows a thing or two about defense.
The new Denver Broncos head coach joins the team after serving as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, where he led that team to finish the 2018 regular season ranked first in scoring defense (17.7 points allowed per game), takeaways (36) and interceptions (27), and third in sacks (50) and turnover differential (+12).
Fangio's cause in Chicago was buoyed by the presence of outside linebacker Khalil Mack and rookie inside linebacker Roquan Smith. But the head coach has a more than worthy consolation prize in Denver with outside linebackers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.
"Well, obviously, starting off we have two good players on the outside," Fangio said Thursday during his introductory press conference. "Von Miller can be one of the rare players in this league, much like Khalil is. I'm looking forward to working with both of them.
"Bradley is a guy that we had high grades on also in Chicago last year, and I'm aware that he had a good season this year."
Miller finished the 2018 regular season with 14.5 sacks, which tied for the fourth-most in the league, and was selected to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl. Chubb turned in an exceptional rookie season with 12 sacks, which tied for the eighth-most in the league. As a defense, the Broncos ranked eighth in the league with 44 sacks.