Bears Hire Former Colts Coach Chuck Pagano as New Defensive Coordinator

  • Bears Hire Former Colts Coach Chuck Pagano as New Defensive Coordinator

Bears Hire Former Colts Coach Chuck Pagano as New Defensive Coordinator

The Bears named former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano defensive coordinator on Friday night.

Fangio may be interested in bringing multiple staff members with him to his new gig, and Pagano could want to bring his own coaches in anyway. He was diagnosed with leukemia in his first season as head coach of the Colts, turning the reins over to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians while he sought treatment. In his six seasons in Indianapolis, the Colts won two AFC South titles and advanced to the AFC championship game in 2014. The secondary coach of John Harbaugh's initial staff with the Ravens, Pagano was promoted to coordinator in 2011 and led a defense that ranked third in both points and yards allowed.

The 58-year-old Pagano will walk into as ideal a situation as one can find as a defensive coordinator, tasked with figuring out what to do with a treasure trove of defensive playmakers. This time, Nagy had to go outside the organization and he found an experienced, well-respected coach to run his defense.

Under Fangio's guidance, the Bears had the NFL's top scoring defense this past season and would like to keep continuity with a 3-4 scheme. By 2017, it was ranked in the top 10 in both scoring and yardage for the first time since Lovie Smith's final year, and last season it was among the best defenses in recent National Football League memory.

Pagano's Colts tenure began in 2012, the year the franchise drafted Andrew Luck with the first overall pick to turn the page from Peyton Manning.