CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears named former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano defensive coordinator on Friday evening.
Pagano replaces veteran defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who turned the pinnacle coach of the Denver Broncos on Thursday.
“We’re excited to add Chuck to our workers as defensive coordinator,” Bears head coach Matt Nagy mentioned in an announcement. “He has profitable expertise at many alternative ranges on this league and he is a good instructor with an aggressive mentality that matches our fashion of soccer. He’s a person of excessive character and has a ardour for the sport that may little question add to the tradition we have now already began constructing at Halas Corridor.”
Pagano coached the Colts for six years (2012-17), main Indianapolis to two AFC South championships (2013, 2014) and three consecutive playoff appearances (2012-14). Pagano was fired with a 53-43 regular-season report and a Three-Three mark within the postseason.
Prior to accepting the Colts’ head-coaching job, Pagano served because the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator in 2011. Pagano coached the Ravens’ secondary from 2008 to 2010.
Pagano was a guide for the NFL final 12 months.
A 16-year NFL teaching veteran, Pagano takes over arguably the league’s greatest protection.
The Bears ranked No. 1 within the NFL in takeaways (36), interceptions (27), interception returns for touchdowns (5), fewest speeding touchdowns (5), lowest passer ranking (72.9) and fewest whole performs allowed of 20-plus yards (46) in 2018.
Moreover, Chicago set a franchise report for fewest speeding yards allowed in a 16-game season. The Bears had 4 defenders voted to the Professional Bowl (Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller), all of whom are below contract for the foreseeable future.
The Bears interviewed secondary coach Ed Donatell on Thursday for the defensive coordinator opening earlier than deciding on Pagano. Donatell might observe Fangio to Denver, together with a number of different Chicago assistants on the defensive aspect of the ball.