Dec 24, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel (43) celebrates with defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (94) and linebacker David Long Jr. (51) after a play against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dolphins to tab Anthony Weaver as DC

The Miami Dolphins are hiring Baltimore Ravens associate head coach/defensive line coach Anthony Weaver to be their next defensive coordinator, multiple media outlets reported on Saturday.

Weaver would be Miami’s third defensive coordinator in three seasons under head coach Mike McDaniel. The Dolphins fired Josh Boyer at the end of the 2022 season and parted ways with Vic Fangio last month.

Miami’s defense, banged-up all season, finished the 2023 campaign 10th in yards allowed and 22nd in scoring under Fangio.

Weaver, who turns 44 in August, has been with Baltimore since 2021, when he was the defensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Before his time with the Ravens, Weaver spent five seasons with the Houston Texans (2016-20) as their defensive line coach, adding the title of defensive coordinator for the 2020 campaign. He was the Cleveland Browns’ D-line coach from 2014-15.

Weaver has also made pit stops with the New York Jets (2012) and Buffalo Bills (2013). He worked at Florida and North Texas before moving up to the NFL.

–Field Level Media

Nov 2, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany; Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vic Fangio at press conference at the PSD Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins, DC Vic Fangio part ways; Philly calling?

The Miami Dolphins and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio mutually agreed to part ways on Wednesday, the team announced.

The Dolphins are allowing Fangio to leave to be closer to his family in Pennsylvania, and Fangio is expected to be named the DC of the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN reported Wednesday.

“I want to thank Vic for his contributions in 2023. When we assessed the season, it became apparent that this was the best path forward for all parties involved,” Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said in a statement. “Now, we turn our focus to 2024 and beyond with urgency as we identify the best candidate to lead our defense moving forward.”

Fangio, 65, nearly landed with the Eagles last season. Embattled head coach Nick Sirianni remains in Philadelphia, but parted with defensive coordinator Sean Desai. He was asked Wednesday about Fangio during his season-ending press conference.

“We got a lot of good targets we’re working through. A lot of guys who’ve done well in their interview process,” Sirianni said.

The Dolphins’ defense, banged-up all season, finished the 2023 campaign 10th in yards allowed and 22nd in scoring under Fangio.

Fangio’s next tenure as defensive coordinator will be his eighth in the NFL. He also has a 19-30 record in three seasons as head coach in Denver.

Miami’s next defensive coordinator will be the third in three seasons under McDaniel. The Dolphins fired Josh Boyer at the end of the 2022 season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chargers DC Renaldo Hill heading to Dolphins

Renaldo Hill is leaving his job as defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers to take a job with his former boss, Vic Fangio, and the Miami Dolphins, ESPN reported Monday.

Fangio was named DC of the Dolphins last week, and he’s bringing Hill on board as defensive pass-game coordinator, per the report. Chargers head coach Brandon Staley allowed the move — given that it’s a step down in title — out of respect for Fangio, per the report.

Hill and Fangio have history. Hill coached the defensive backs in Denver (2019-20) when Fangio was head coach of the Broncos.

The 44-year-old Hill played 10 NFL seasons (2001-10) as defensive back with the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, Dolphins and Broncos. He began his pro coaching career as defensive backs coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2015-17), then spent a year on the Dolphins coaching staff before landing the job in Denver.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio looks on in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Vic Fangio aiding Eagles’ prep for Super Bowl

Soon-to-be Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has been helping the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for Super Bowl LVII.

Multiple media outlets reported on Sunday morning that Fangio signed a two-week contract with the Eagles after the team defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. He officially will sign a three-year contract with the Dolphins this week.

Fangio has spent time with the Eagles’ coaching staff and players at the Philadelphia team hotel in Arizona, according to reports. He also has recent working knowledge of the Chiefs, whom he faced twice a season while serving as the head coach of the AFC West-rival Denver Broncos.

Fangio, 64, was 19-30 in three seasons with the Broncos from 2019-21. Denver was 0-6 against the Chiefs those three seasons.

Before he became a head coach for the first time with the Broncos, he spent 19 seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (1995-98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001), Houston Texans (2002-05), 49ers (2011-14) and Chicago Bears (2015-18). He was also the defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2010.

The Dolphins are reportedly set to pay Fangio more than $4 million per season to replace fired defensive coordinator Josh Boyer on Jan. 19 after three seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio reacts before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Miami Dolphins to pay Vic Fangio over $4.5M per year

Vic Fangio will earn more than $4.5 million per year for three years as the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, per a report Friday.

The Monday Morning Quarterback also reported that the deal will make Fangio the NFL’s highest-paid coordinator.

Fangio, 64, was 19-30 in three seasons with the Broncos from 2019-21. It was his first head coaching position.

Before that, he spent 19 seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (1995-98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001), Houston Texans (2002-05), San Francisco 49ers (2011-14) and Chicago Bears (2015-18). He was also the DC at Stanford in 2010.

Fangio spent the 2022 season as a defensive consultant with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Dolphins fired defensive coordinator Josh Boyer on Jan. 19 after three seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio looks on in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vic Fangio to join Dolphins after Super Bowl

Vic Fangio indeed will join the Miami Dolphins as defensive coordinator after days of interviewing with other teams, ESPN reported Thursday.

Fangio officially will accept the Dolphins’ post after the Super Bowl, per the report.

NFL Network reported Sunday that the Dolphins had made Fangio the highest-paid coordinator in the NFL. However, he pushed back, telling reporters he was “weighing his options.”

One of those options reportedly was with new head coach Sean Payton in Denver, where Fangio was fired as head coach a year ago. Fangio also was linked to San Francisco after DeMeco Ryans left to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.

However, the Niners reportedly are leaning toward Steve Wilks, and Payton is in talks with current Broncos DC Ejiro Evero about staying on.

Fangio, 64, was 19-30 in three seasons with the Broncos from 2019-21. It was his first head coaching position.

Before that, he spent 19 seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (1995-98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001), Texans (2002-05), 49ers (2011-14) and Chicago Bears (2015-18). He was also the DC at Stanford in 2010.

Fangio spent the 2022 season as a defensive consultant with the Philadelphia Eagles, who will meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12.

The Dolphins fired defensive coordinator Josh Boyer on Jan. 19 after three seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio looks on in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins make Vic Fangio highest-paid coordinator

The Miami Dolphins agreed to terms with Vic Fangio to be their new defensive coordinator, NFL Network reported Sunday.

The former Denver Broncos head coach will get a three-year deal with a fourth-year team option that will make him the NFL’s highest-paid coordinator, per the report.

Fangio, 64, was 19-30 in three seasons with the Broncos from 2019-21. It was his first head coaching position.

Before that, he spent 19 seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (1995-98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001), Houston Texans (2002-05), San Francisco 49ers (2011-14) and Chicago Bears (2015-18). He was also the DC at Stanford in 2010.

Fangio spent the 2022 season as a defensive consultant with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Dolphins fired defensive coordinator Josh Boyer on Jan. 19 after three seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio looks on in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vic Fangio in the mix for Jaguars’ opening

Former Denver head coach Vic Fangio is a candidate for the same opening in Jacksonville, ESPN reported Thursday.

It was reported that Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was the only finalist left standing for the Jacksonville post once Nathaniel Hackett (Denver) and Matt Eberflus (Chicago) went off the board Thursday. However, the Jaguars sent their private plane to Denver on Monday to pick up Fangio, per the report. He interviewed with the team this week.

Since being fired by the Broncos on Jan. 9, the only speculation regarding Fangio had been about defensive coordinator openings around the league.

Fangio, 63, posted a 19-30 record with the Broncos. He had never been a head coach until the Broncos hired him.

The Jaguars fired Urban Meyer on Dec. 16, putting an early end to his chaotic and disastrous first year. Darrell Bevell was named interim head coach after a late-night call from Trent Baalke, the team’s general manager who was retained for next season.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio looks on in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos fire head coach Vic Fangio

The Denver Broncos fired Vic Fangio on Sunday morning after his three seasons as the team’s head coach.

The decision came one day after the Broncos dropped a 28-24 decision to the Kansas City Chiefs in their regular-season finale. Denver finished the season with a 7-10 record, marking its second straight last-place finish in the AFC West.

Fangio sidestepped addressing his future as the team’s coach on Saturday. When asked if he thought this was his last chance as the Broncos’ coach, he said “the whole focus was on our players and this team.”

Fangio, 63, posted a 19-30 record with the Broncos. He had never been a head coach until the Broncos hired him.

Fangio was named the 17th head coach in franchise history on January 2019 after accumulating 32 years of NFL coaching experience, including 18 years as a defensive coordinator.

General manager George Paton addressed the team’s plans going forward.

“Our search to find the next head coach of the Broncos will be a comprehensive, collaborative process,” Paton said. “We’re approaching it with an open mind and look forward to spending time with some outstanding candidates.

“With the foundation in place, the progress that’s been made and the resources we have to get better, I’m excited about the future of our team. We will find an outstanding leader and head coach for the Broncos and our fans.”

Team president and CEO Joe Ellis said Paton will drive the search.

“For the last three seasons, Vic put his heart and soul into coaching the Broncos,” Ellis said. “I want to thank Coach Fangio for giving his maximum effort to our organization day he was hired.

“George will have full authority to select the next head coach of the Broncos. This is his decision and his program. I have complete confidence in George’s ability to lead an exhaustive and successful head coaching search.

“We will give George every available resource and fully support him in hiring the very best head coach to lead the Broncos.”

–Field Level Media

Jun 1, 2021; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) and quarterback Drew Lock (3) during organized team activities at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater named starting QB for Broncos

Teddy Bridgewater won the quarterback competition in Denver and will start Week 1 for the Broncos on Sept. 12.

“Coach (Vic) Fangio informed our team this morning that Teddy Bridgewater will be the Broncos’ starting quarterback,” read a brief message posted Wednesday to the team’s official Twitter account.

Drew Lock started for the Broncos last season but faced competition in the offseason and throughout the preseason from the well-traveled Bridgewater.

The news for Bridgewater comes five days before the fifth anniversary of a devastating preseason injury to his left knee that forced him to miss all of the 2016 and all but one game of the 2017 seasons. He led the Minnesota Vikings to an 11-5 record in 2015 and was named to the Pro Bowl.

Fangio took a few days to make the decision following the Broncos’ 30-3 preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. In that game, Bridgewater completed 9 of 11 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, while Lock went 9 of 14 for 80 yards.

Bridgewater, 28, passed for 3,733 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 15 games for the Carolina Panthers last season. He has started 49 games in his NFL career for the Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Panthers.

Denver acquired Bridgewater in an offseason trade with the Panthers in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick.

Lock, 24, has thrown for 3,953 yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions with a 59.1 percent completion rate in 18 starts over two seasons. He missed time in 2020 due to both a shoulder injury and COVID-19 protocols, and the Broncos only won four of his 13 starts.

The Broncos open the 2021 season on the road against the New York Giants on Sept. 12.

–Field Level Media