In the Fox Sports week 16 review there is a nice mention about Vic Fangio.
Ron Rivera, Chip Kelly, or Bruce Arians may win the NFL's Coach of the Year award this year, but San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is my pick for Coordinator of the Year. Don't recognize Fangio's name? That's fine. The 55-year-old defensive coach who got his first NFL gig in 1986 is cool with that. I'm sure 49ers fans would rather it be that way too. They don't want him going anywhere.
Though the rival Seahawks D has gotten a lot more media attention this season, San Francisco's defense is clicking at exactly the right time, despite a rash of personnel changes and injuries that'd all but cripple other teams. The unit is ranked third in the league in yards per game, third in points against per game, and sixth in takeaways.
If anything, San Francisco's defense is peaking at precisely the right time. Whereas other defensive units -- Kansas City and New Orleans, specifically -- have seen their numbers dip in recent weeks, the 49ers seem to only be getting better. After giving up 28, 29, and 27 points in its first three games, San Francisco hasn't given up more than 20 points in any of the 11 games since. No coincidence, the 49ers are 9-2 in that stretch.
Vic Fangio isn't a man of many words and he certainly isn't a "look at me" coordinator whose name seems to show up in the headlines. But if we're handing out some assistant coach hardware, he'd be the first guy I'd look to this year. What he's done with the 49ers defense is nothing short of super.