A report says that the Chicago Bears' "free agent" defensive coordinator is the Packers' top pick for the same job.
In an update to the situation Tuesday morning, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Vic Fangio "is considered Green Bay's top choice" for the job.
Many in Packers Nation have speculated the possibility that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio could move three and a half hours north and bring his skill at creating top-level defenses to Green Bay in the same role.
Initially, the Chicago Bears had said "hold your horses" to the Packers having an interview with Fangio. That changed when the Bears hired Matt Nagy as their new head coach.
At first, the Bears had been interviewing Fangio for the head job, leading to a delay in the Packers being able to obtain permission to talk to him about the same role.
#Bears GM Ryan Pace interviewed Vic Fangio for the head coaching position today.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 3, 2018
Don't let the failures of his current employer fool you: Fangio can coach the 3-4 defense.
While with the 49ers, Fangio's defenses finished top 5 in the NFL in points allowed three times.
Even on one of the worst franchises in football this year, the Bears enter Week 17 ranked eighth in yards allowed and 10th in points allowed.