Rogers: Hiring Tomsula was 'slap in the face' to Fangio


Will a pair of Bears assistants seek sweet revenge when Chicago hosts San Francisco on Sunday?

We wrote earlier about Adam Gase, the Bears offensive coordinator who interviewed for the Niners' head-coaching job last winter, only to be passed over for Jim Tomsula.

Gase seems fine with his fate -- "This is where I wanted to be," he said of Chicago -- but what about Bears play-caller Vic Fangio, who was an afterthought in San Francisco's search after masterfully running their defense for four seasons?

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"They turned him down for someone that was under him," ex-49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said of Fangio to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee. "I think that's a slap in the face and I think he's going to go and really try ... I mean, he's going to play his defense, he's not going to do anything extra. But I think it's in his mind."

Fangio -- who once employed Tomsula as his D-line coach -- remained diplomatic this week, telling the Chicago media: "I just look back on the four years with the 49ers with really good memories."

It had to hurt watching the Niners choose someone else, but Fangio might have saved himself some trouble. San Francisco is a team in flux, while the Bears have grown into a tough out in the NFC North. That has plenty to do with Fangio's no-name defense, which has overachieved all season.

With a flood of coaching vacancies set to open up, Gase is destined to be a hot name come January. Fangio has flown under the radar, but after his latest bit of handiwork, Chicago could be looking for a pair of new play-callers in 2016.