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Bears to hire Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator

John Fox made a big move on Tuesday — one that should help fix a defense after two historically bad seasons. A league source confirmed that Vic Fangio will be named the Bears’ defensive coordinator.

Fangio was in charge of the 49ers defense the past four seasons. In those years, the 49ers ranked 10th, third, second and second in points allowed and fifth, fifth, third and fourth in total yards.

On Monday, general manager Ryan Pace said the Bears were yet to make a formal offer to Fangio, who also interviewed for the Redskins. But that changed on Tuesday. Fangio also served as the defensive coordinator at Carolina, Indianapolis and Houston.

According to a source, former defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis were informed that they weren’t returning from the beginning.

Sources also said that the Bears have parted ways with special teams assistant Dwyane Stukes, tight ends coach Andy Bischoff and linebackers coach Reggie Herring.

The Bears’ hiring of Fangio was earlier reported by CBS Sports.