Fangio Has Fond Memories Of His Time In Houston

Broncos head coach was Texans first defensive coordinator

Adam Spolane
December 05, 2019 - 11:13 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Broncos head coach Vic Fangio learned an important lesson from his time as Texans defensive coordinator.

“Well, that was my second go-around with an expansion team and I came to the conclusion I don't want to do expansion anymore.” 

Fangio was in charge of the Texans defense for the first 64 games of their existence after doing the same with the Carolina Panthers. With Fangio on staff, the Texans went from four wins, to five wins, to seven wins before bottoming out with a two-win campaign in 2005, which marked the end of his time in Houston.

But despite the rough ending, Fangio has fond memories of his time here. 

“I do remember the first game in franchise history, beating the Cowboys there, which was an exciting night for Houston,” Fangio recalled. “I remember telling Bob McNair the day of the game that we were going to beat them, which is kind of out of character for me to make a prediction, so I'm glad we held true.”

Along with that opening night win, the 2002 Texans won one of the strangest games in NFL history, winning in Pittsburgh 24-6 despite being held to three first downs and 47 yards. The Steelers finished the game with five turnovers, three were returned for touchdowns. 

“I don't think there will ever be (a game) like that again."

After leaving the Texans, Fangio spent four seasons in Baltimore with Brian Billick and John Harbaugh before becoming Jim Harbaugh’s defensive coordinator at Stanford. He returned to the NFL in 2011 when Harbaugh became the coach of the 49ers, and four years later became the Bears defensive coordinator.

But for a guy who has been coaching in the NFL since 1986, Houston holds a special place in his heart while teaching him an important lesson.

“I enjoyed my time in Houston. Obviously, it was an expansion team at the time, and I don't recommend expansion teams anymore to anybody. But I enjoyed my time in Houston and living there. My kids remember Houston fondly. It was a good time for me. We just didn't win enough."