Dolphins hire former Broncos head coach Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator

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The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio to take over as the team's new defensive coordinator.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Sunday that Fangio will become the league's highest-paid coordinator as part of a three-year contract that includes a fourth-year team option.

Fangio was out of the NFL this season after being fired by Denver following the 2021 campaign. He went 19-30 with no playoff appearances in three seasons leading the Broncos.

That was Fangio's first NFL head coaching job after breaking into the league as linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints in 1986.

Miami went 9-8 this season under first-year head coach Mike McDaniel and returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 campaign before losing 34-31 to the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round.

The Dolphins finished 18th in the NFL with 337.8 yards allowed per game and 24th in scoring defense, giving up an average of 23.5 points.