CHICAGO – The Bears named the former Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano as their defensive coordinator on Friday night
Pagano replaces defensive vic Defender Vic Fangio, who became coach of the Denver Broncos on Thursday.
"We are thrilled to add Chuck to our staff as a defensive coordinator," said Bears coach Matt Nagy in a statement. "He has a successful experience at many different levels in this league, and he is a great teacher with an aggressive mindset that fits our style of football: he is a man of high character and has a passion for the game that without doubt will be added to the culture we have already begun to build at Halas Hall. "
Pagano has coached the Colts for six years (2012-17), bringing Indianapolis to two AFC South championships (2013, 2014) and three consecutive playoff appearances (2012-14). Pagano was fired with a regular season record of 53-43 and a 3-3 in the following season.
Before accepting the coaching work of the Colts, Pagano was the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens in 2011 Pagano trained the secondary of the Ravens from 2008 to 2010.
Pagano was a consultant for the NFL # 39; last year.
A 16-year veteran of the NFL, Pagano perhaps takes the best defense of the championship.
The Bears classified n. 1 in the NFL in take away (36), interceptions (27), interception returns for touchdowns (five), minimum allowed touchdown (five), minimum allowed passer score (72.9) and fewer games allowed of more than 20 yard (46) in 2018.
In addition, Chicago set a franchise record for the fewest racing yards allowed in a 16-game season.
The Bears had four Pro Bowl champions – Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller, all of whom are under contract for the foreseeable future.
The Bea Rs interviewed the secondary coach Ed Donatell on Thursday for the opening of the defensive coordinator before settling on Pagano.
Donatell could follow Fangio in Denver, along with several other Chicago assistants on the defensive side of the ball.