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Monday, January 10, 2011
Experience a plus for Vic Fangio

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys’ decision to talk with Vic Fangio about the defensive coordinator vacancy makes sense but don’t get fooled by the college job Fangio held in Stanford in 2010.

He is an NFL guy.

Before 2010, Fangio had been an NFL assistant every year since 1986.

He spent nine years as a linebackers coach for New Orleans before becoming Dom Capers’ defensive coordinator for the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1995. There he schooled three Pro Bowl linebackers in Lamar Lathon, Sam Mills and Kevin Greene. In 1996 the Panthers allowed just 56 second-half points, which is an NFL record. Mills, Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling and Vaughan Johnson earned Pro Bowl berths in New Orleans under Fangio.

In 1999 he moved on to Indianapolis and in 2000 the Colts had 42 sacks. In 2004 with Houston the Texans intercepted a team-record 22 passes. In 2006 he joined Baltimore and the Ravens had a top-three defense in three of the four seasons he was an assistant, even if he was not the defensive coordinator.

Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter tweeted that San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky will also interview with the Cowboys. He worked with Wade Phillips in San Diego from 2004-06. He interviewed for Carolina’s head coaching vacancy recently.