Vic Fangio: A Closer Look

We are going to go out and say the Vic Fangio will be the next DC for the 49ers, not that that is really going out on a limb, considering a good deal of reports are saying he’ll leave Stanford to join Harbaugh. So with that being said let’s take a closer look at Fangio.

Coaching Career
1979-81 Dunmore H.S. Linebackers/Defensive Coordinator
1982 Milford Academy Defensive Coordinator
1983 North Carolina Graduate Assistant
1984-85 Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars Defensive Assistant
1986-94 New Orleans Saint Linebackers
1995-98 Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator
1999-01 Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator
2002-05 Houston Texans Defensive Coordinator
2006-08 Baltimore Ravens Special Assistant to Head Coach
2009 Baltimore Raves Special Assistant to Head Coach/Linebackers

He also has 11 years of experience as a defensive coordinator for three NFL teams, including the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans.

Fangio joined the Ravens coaching staff as a special assistant to the head coach in 2006, with primary duties on the defensive side of the ball. In his four seasons with Baltimore, the Ravens led the NFL in total defense in 2006, was second in 2008 and third in 2009.

Prior to joining the Ravens, Fangio spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans (2002-05). His 2002 defense ranked eighth in the AFC and fourth in the conference in pass defense. The Texans scored three defensive touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Week 14 en route to a 24-6 victory.

In 2004, the Texans set a team record with 22 interceptions, which ranked fifth in the NFL, and returned five picks for touchdowns. Houston did not allow a touchdown for 13 straight quarters from Week 13 to 16, which was the longest stretch by any team in the league that season.

From 1999-2001, he served as the defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts posted a 13-3 record in Fangio’s first season with the team after going just 6-26 the previous two seasons. Indianpolis won its first division title in 15 years while the Colt defensive unit improved from last to 15th under his guidance.

In 1995, Fangio was named defensive coordinator for the expansion Carolina Panthers under head coach Dom Capers. The Panthers tied for seventh in total defense and ranked sixth in scoring defense, 10th in rushing defense, fifth in takeaways and second in defensive passer rating in its inaugural season.

In 1996, the Panthers won the NFC West title and reached the NFC Championship game in just their second year of existence. The Panther defense allowed just 218 points on the year, which ranked second in the NFL. Carolina also yielded just five touchdowns and 56 points after halftime for the season, an NFL record that still stands today. Fangio’s defense featured three All-Pro linebackers in Lamar Lathon, Sam Mills and Kevin Greene.

Fangio also spent nine seasons starting in 1986, as the linebackers coach of the New Orleans Saints. In his second season, the Saints advanced to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 1987 and came back the following year to finish with a 10-6 record. Fangio coached the vaunted “Dome Patrol,” which included All-Pro linebackers Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling, Sam Mills and Vaughan Johnson. The group was the only linebackers unit from one team voted to the Pro Bowl on the first ballot and was voted the best linebacker unit in NFL history by the NFL Network.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee put together the rankings of Fangio’s defenses when he was a DC in the NFL for 11

1995: 7th
1996: 10th
1997: 15th
1998: 30th (last in the league)

1999: 15th
2000: 21st
2001: 29th

2002: 16th
2003: 31st
2004: 23rd
2005: 31st

Source: Stanford, Matt Barrows

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  • Fanatic

    Should I be worried? It appears his defenses continually decline each year.


    • Andy

      I am VERY alarmed by his declining D ranking, once would be one thing. However every time???

  • Josh

    Ouch, doesn't look too promising.