Pagano simplifies veteran defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who became the head coach of their Denver Broncos on Thursday.
“We are excited to add Chuck to your staff as defensive coordinator,” Bears head coach Matt Nagy said in a statement. “He has successful experience at many unique levels in this particular league, also he is a wonderful teacher by having a competitive attitude that is suitable for our kind of football. He is a man of high character also has a passion for the match that will undoubtedly add to the culture we have already started building at Halas Hall.”
Pagano coached the Colts for decades (201217 ), contributing Indianapolis to two AFC South championships (2013, 2014) and also three consecutive playoff appearances (2012-14). Pagano was fired with a 53-43 regular-season record and a 3-3 mark in the postseason.
Before taking the Colts’ head-coaching project, Pagano served as the Baltimore Ravens‘ defensive coordinator in 2011. Pagano trained the Ravens’ secondary from 2008 to 2010.
Pagano was an advisor for the NFL last year.
A 16-year NFL coaching veteran, Pagano gets control arguably the league’s best defense.
Even the Bears ranked No. 1 in the NFL in takeaways (3 6 ), interceptions (27), interception returns for touchdowns (five), maximum rushing touchdowns (five), lowest passer rating (72.9) and maximum total plays enabled of 20-plus metres (46) in 2018.
Additionally, Chicago establish a franchise record for fewest rushing yards allowed in a 16-game season. The Bears had four defenders voted to the Pro Bowl — Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller, all of whom are under contract for the near future.
The Bears interviewed secondary coach Ed Donatell on Thursday due to the defensive coordinator opening before settling on Pagano. Donatell could follow Fangio to Denver, along with some other Chicago supporters across the other side of the globe.