Bears name Chuck Pagano defensive coordinator

Postado Janeiro 12, 2019

The Bears hired former Colts coach Chuck Pagano as their defensive coordinator, they announced Friday evening in a statement.

He last coached as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2012 to 2017, compiling a 53-43 record and leading the team to the AFC Championship Game in 2014.

With the recent move in former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio taking the head coaching gig with the Denver Broncos, a spot opened up for Pagano to get back in the coaching realm. Before that, Pagano had served as the Ravens' defensive coordinator and worked as a secondary coach for the Ravens, Raiders and Browns.

Pagano comes from a long line of defensive positions, ever since beginning his career in coaching. Pagano came back after missing 12 weeks and led the Colts to a win over the Texans in their season finale to finish with an 11-5 record. Ever since then, he has been either a defensive backs coach, linebackers coach or defensive coordinator at the pro or college level.

During his four seasons in Baltimore, Pagano's defenses allowed the second-fewest points per game and the second-fewest net yards in the NFL. The Ravens also led the league in forced fumbles and had the third-most sacks in the NFL.

The Bears ranked No. 1 in the National Football League in takeaways (36), interceptions (27), interception returns for touchdowns (five), fewest rushing touchdowns (five), lowest passer rating (72.9) and fewest total plays allowed of 20-plus yards (46) in 2018.