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.