Bears Interviewing Chuck Pagano For Defensive Coordinator

Annette Crawford
January 12, 2019

Vic Fangio was hired as the Denver Broncos' new head coach, leaving a very big void in Chicago.

Two days after losing Fangio to the Broncos, Nagy hired former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator.

"We are excited to add Chuck to our staff as defensive coordinator", Bears head coach Matt Nagy said in a statement on the team's website. "He is a man of high character and has a passion for the game that will no doubt add to the culture we have already started building at Halas Hall".

The Colts went 11-5 and made the playoffs during each of Pagano's first three seasons in Indianapolis, winning the division twice and reaching as far as the AFC championship game in 2014. Pagano was the Ravens' defensive coordinator in 2011 and their secondary coach from 2008-10.

Pagano was the head coach of the Colts from 2012-17. Back in 1987, Pagano took his first legitimate coaching position with Boise State as their linebackers coach.

Pagano took a year off from coaching in 2018, but spent the previous six seasons with the Colts. Pagano's unit finished third in the National Football League in total defense, second against the run and fourth against the pass on their way to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game.

The team also reportedly interviewed defensive backs coach Ed Donatell on Thursday, and this move may free him up to join Fangio in Denver.

Chicago's defense led the league with 36 takeaways and 27 interceptions under Fangio.

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