At 60 years old, Fangio is among the oldest head coaches in the league when so many teams are looking to go with younger offensive coaches or even dive into the pool of college candidates. However, Bowles has not signed a contract yet and was not officially announced to the job in Tampa, meaning he still could accept the role in Chicago.
The Broncos finished 6-10 this season and failed to make the playoffs.
In the meantime the task in front of the Bears is finding a replacement for Fangio, dubbed "evil genius" by linebacker Khalil Mack, and it will not an easy assignment despite the fact that Fangio's successor takes over a unit already among the NFL's best and with only one returning starter (Prince Amukamara) who will be age 30 when the 2019 season opens.
Vic Fangio is leaving Chicago to take over as the Denver Broncos head coach, but he won't be away from his former team for too long.
Heading into Tuesday's Fan War Room, "Stokley and Zach" co-host Brandon Stokley said of the two frontrunners for the Denver Broncos head coaching job that he had been leaning toward Mike Munchak over Vic Fangio.
The Broncos have had four starting quarterbacks over that span, including free agent Case Keenum, who was underwhelming in his first year in Denver in 2018.
Fangio has 19 years of coordinating experience for the Panthers, Colts, Texans, 49ers and Bears. The Broncos conducted a more expansive search than when they hired Kubiak and Vance Joseph, who appeared locks before the process began.
Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks echoed those thoughts.
Fangio was also defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2010.
The Bears' playoff run came to a shocking end Sunday night when Cody Parkey's last-second field-goal attempt was tipped and bounced off the left upright and the crossbar for his 11th miss of the season, sealing Philadelphia's 16-15 escape in the wild-card round. Since then, he's been a fixture on National Football League sidelines, save for a single season in 2010 when he coached at Stanford.
"The Bears have been doing it right".