Falcons Rumors: Vic Fangio Interviewing for Falcons DC Job; Spent 2022 with Eagles

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 18, 2023

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 02: Head coach Vic Fangio of the Denver Broncos walks the sidelines during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly planning to interview former Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio for their defensive coordinator position.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the interview will take place Wednesday.

Fangio has been a defensive consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles this season. The 64-year-old previously spent time as the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears before landing his first head coaching job with the Broncos in 2019.

Denver went 19-30 in three seasons under Fangio.

The Falcons are looking to replace former defensive coordinator Dan Pees, who retired earlier this month. Pees' defense ranked near the bottom of every major statistical category this season, finishing 27th in yards allowed, 23rd in points allowed and dead last in sack rate.

Atlanta will likely spend its offseason continuing a full-scale roster overhaul that began last year. The Falcons are currently slated to have $56.8 million in salary cap space, and that's before making any expected moves like cutting quarterback Marcus Mariota, which would up the total to $68.8 million.

Both general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith will be heading into their third season in Atlanta, so they'll likely face some pressure to improve in 2023. The Falcons have gone 7-10 in each of the past two seasons.

Adding a veteran voice like Fangio could help bring some stability to the defense along with the expected spending spree in the offseason.