The Arizona Cardinals have not faced the Chicago Bears with the team's new coaching staff. Chicago hired John Fox in the offseason after he was fired by the Denver Broncos and after head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery were let go by the Bears.
Of the Chicago staff changes, they hired Vic Fangio to be their defensive coordinator. Fangio has been in the league a long time, having been a defensive coordinator in the league for a long time. In fact, he was defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts while Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was the team's quarterbacks coach.
So when it comes to the two coaches, there will not be any surprises.
Arians spoke about that to the Arizona media on Wednesday.
"Vic's not going to change what he does," Arians explained. He's been very successful for a long time and one of the best defensive coordinators...in this league. But they're not changing what they've done in the past. He knows us, we kind of know them. "
Fangio, though, "has got a little teaching to do," Arians said, as the Bears players are not familiar with the Cardinals offense.
"We won't surprise them with much stuff and they won't surprise us with much stuff in that regards, as far as coaches," he said. "Players vs. players, that's another story."
Fangio coached the 49ers defense from 2011-2014. His Bears defense should give some looks fans will recognize.
While the two teams don't play each other much, there shouldn't be too much unfamiliarity, as the coaches are very familiar with one another.