(AP) -- The Chicago Bears hired Vic Fangio as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday, hoping the veteran coach who spent the last four seasons with San Francisco can breathe some life into the once-storied unit.
The Bears said they have reached an agreement with the 56-year-old Fangio to take over the Bears' struggling defense under new coach John Fox. Terms were not disclosed.
Fangio had been a candidate for the defensive coordinator job with the Washington Redskins, who hired Joe Barry on Tuesday. Last week, Fangio was bypassed for the 49ers' coaching job, given to defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.