Jim Harbaugh, who earlier this month lobbied for a better contract for top assistant Vic Fangio, got exactly that today when Fangio was given both a raise and an extension. Fangio's contract, which was set to expire after the 2014 season, now runs through 2015, which is when Harbaugh's is scheduled to expire. The new deal makes him among the highest paid coordinators in the league. Fangio's defenses have ranked 4th, 3rd and 5th in the NFL since he took over in 2011. They ranked 13th, 15th and 13th in the three seasons before he arrived. Unlike his offensive counterpart, Greg Roman, Fangio has autonomy over the defense, and he also coaches the outside linebackers. He is the only coordinator in the league who also is in charge of a position group.
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