Jan 8, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio looks on from the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, the Denver Broncos lost to the Kansas City Chiefs to end their season at 7-10. On Sunday, the Broncos fired head coach Vic Fangio after three consecutive losing seasons.

The Broncos reportedly also fired offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, per Mike Klis of 9News.

Denver went 19-30 in Fangion’s three seasons at the helm, finishing 4th in the AFC West the last two years.

“This morning, George and I informed Vic of the decision to part ways with him as head coach of the Denver Broncos,” President and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. “For the last three seasons, Vic put his heart and soul into coaching the Broncos. I want to thank Coach Fangio for giving his maximum effort to our organization since the day he was hired.

“George will have full authority to select the next head coach of the Broncos. This is his decision and his program. I have complete confidence in George’s ability to lead an exhaustive and successful head coaching search.”

Fangio also released a statement, thanking the Broncos for the opportunity and wishing his players well.

The move was ultimately unsurprising to many in NFL circles. And while it didn’t work out as a head coach, many expect Fangio to be considered a top defensive coordinator prospect around the league next year. Some suspect that if Jim Harbaugh does return to the NFL, Fangio will be his first call.

Expect to hear Fangio’s name come up a lot in assistant coach searches this offseason.

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