Reports surfaced Sunday that former 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has agreed to a lucrative three-year deal to join Mike McDaniel’s staff with the Miami Dolphins, but not so fast.
Fangio reportedly told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Mike Silver on Sunday night that “nothing has been decided on my end,” in regards to a deal with the Dolphins. That means that Fangio could still be a candidate to rejoin the 49ers once DeMeco Ryans gets a head-coaching gig as expected.
Silver’s report is at odds with Sunday’s news from NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, who reported that Fangio had agreed to a deal with Miami that would make him the league’s highest-paid coordinator.
The 64-year-old Fangio spent 2011-14 with the 49ers as defensive coordinator with coach Jim Harbaugh’s staff. Fangio was the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator from 2015-18 before taking a head coach job with the Denver Broncos from 2019-21. Fangio is currently on the Philadelphia Eagles staff as a defensive consultant.
Ryans is expected to fly to Houston on Monday for a second interview with the Texans for their head-coaching gig and could secure the job in the coming days.
Fangio would provide a respected and known coordinator for the 49ers defense, which finished this past season allowing the fewest points (16.3) and yards (300.6) per game.