Bears Hire Chuck Pagano As DC

After interviewing with team brass earlier on Friday, Chuck Pagano was hired as the Bears’ new defensive coordinator, the team announced [Twitter link]. 

The former Colts head coach and Ravens defensive coordinator returns to the sideline after a year-long hiatus in 2018. He will replace Vic Fangio, who left for Denver to take the Broncos’ head coaching position. Pagano finds himself in an ideal spot, as he inherits a defensive unit that ranked first in points allowed and in takeaways in 2018.

In addition to the Bears, Pagano received interest from the Browns, Cardinals and Jets for their defensive coordinator vacancy. He was also interviewed for head coach with the Packers and Broncos.

Pagano, 58, seemed like a wise choice for his experience running the same 3-4 defense that brought the Bears success a year ago, and his history with some of the league’s top defensive units, including the Ravens in 2011.

After serving as defensive coordinator in Baltimore for a year, Pagano assumed the head coaching role in Indianapolis. In six seasons on the job, he led the Colts to three 11-win seasons and another pair of 8-8 campaigns before going 4-12 without starting quarterback Andrew Luck in 2017.

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19 comments on “Bears Hire Chuck Pagano As DC

    • dugdog83

      Step back. Mack’s next injury the defense will fall back to earth exposing Trubs even more.

      • Matthew Heywood

        When did trubisky start to play defense? Are you also saying if a team loses its best player it hurts the team? What other deep insights do you have to have figured that one out ?

        • thurmanmerman33

          Kyle Fullers production will decline significantly if both of his arms are cut off.

          • sfgfan101214

            Trubisky’s ability to audible at the line of scrimmage would be reduced if her were to lose sight in both eyes!

  1. adkuchan

    Good hire. Losing a guy like Fangio hurts, but bringing in someone with Pagano’s experience should mitigate his loss. He did great with the ravens defense in his time in Baltimore.

  2. sportsfan101

    NE should show you it’s all about the HC and the system. When was the last time NE brought in a high end OC or DC from the outside? It’s always promotions from within and look at there success. How no team has been able to come close in the history of the NFL esp teams today haven’t been able to learn from them and follow suit boggles my mind and simple proves who the 2 goats truly are in the nfl people.

    On a side not great hire and I like pagano so hopefully he succeeds and gets another HC gig in a couple years

    • jessethegreat

      Except that this Bears staff has been in place for all of ONE entire season. They haven’t had time to build a progression among their coaching staff yet.

      The Bears are a playoff team with playoff aspirations next season. Perhaps they thought it was a greater investment of resources to bring in a more experienced coach to work with the D whose shouldered that responsibility before instead of putting one of their young position coaches into this big of a promotion so soon?

    • Steven Juris

      Bill is the head coach and both coordinators which explains why every one of his assistants fail every single time they leave. Most organizations don’t work like that. Would never hire a Belichick assistant not unless you like failing.

    • justinept

      sure… get a HOF QB who agrees to defer all his money til after his retirement, and you too can be the Parriots.

    • crosseyedlemon

      In their only relevant meeting the Bears destroyed New England 46-10 to win a championship but keep beating that Patriot drum to remind us how we could be better.

        • diehardcubfan

          Another Green Bay Fan (bears hater)

          aka jealous we are on the way up and you are in tne middle
          Of a rebuild with An ancient declining qb.

          Good luck.

          You’ll need it

  3. midway_monster85

    I already miss Fangio. This is a good move tho and helps ease the pain. I still would of liked them to of gave Marvin Lewis some thought.

  4. Djones246890

    Definitely a really great hire. Great fit. Hurt losing Fangio, but this will heal the wound pretty well.

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