Denver Broncos new head coach Vic Fangio, center, joins team president Joe Ellis, left, and general manager John Elway for a photograph during a news conference at the team’s headquarters Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ENGLEWOOD | The Denver Broncos will introduce Vic Fangio as their new head coach Thursday.

Fangio, 60, spent 40 years coaching, including 34 in professional football beginning in the old USFL and 19 seasons as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, but has never been a head coach.

Fangio comes to Denver from Chicago, where he served as the defensive coordinator for the league’s top defense in 2018.

In a statement ahead of a noon news conference, general manager John Elway said, “With his intelligence and experience, Vic is as good of a football coach as you can find. He’s the perfect fit and exactly what we need as head coach of the Denver Broncos.”

Fangio replaces Vance Joseph, who was let go after going 11-21 in two seasons.

Fangio is Elway’s fourth head coach in six seasons and his third with defensive roots, joining John Fox and Joseph, who replaced Gary Kubiak two years ago.

Kubiak is returning to run Denver’s offense in 2019.