CHICAGO – Bears named former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as his defensive coordinator on Friday night.
Pagano replaces veteran defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who became head coach of the Denver Broncos on Thursday.
"We are happy to add Chuck to our staff as defensive coordinator," says Bears head coach Matt Nagy in a statement. "He has successful experiences at many levels in this league and he is a good teacher with an aggressive mentality like suits our football style. He is a character of high character and has a passion for the game that will undoubtedly add to the culture we have already begun to build on Halas Hall. "
Pagano coached the Colts for six years (2012-17), which led Indianapolis to two AFC South Championships (2013, 2014) and three consecutive playoff appearances (2012-14) .Pagano fired with a 53-43 regular season record and a 3-3 mark in the postseason.
Before accepting Colts & # 39; head -coaching job, Pagano served as Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator 2011 Pagano coached the Ravens secondary from 2008 to 2010.
Pagano was a consultant for the NFL last year.
A 16-year-old NFL coaching veteran takes Pagano without hesitation over the league's best defense.
The Bears ranked No. 1 in the NFL on takeaways (36), interceptions (27), touchdowns (5) tapping returns, minimum rushing touchdowns allowed (five), minimum pass rating allowed (72.9), and farthest overall play allowed at 20 plus yards (46) in 2018.
In addition, Chicago set a franchise record for the fastest peak times allowed in a 16-game season.
Bears had four defenders voted for Pro Bowl – Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller, all of whom are under contract for the foreseeable future.
Bea rs interviewed secondary coach Ed Donatell on Thursday for the defensive coordinator's opening before joining Pagano.
Donatell could follow Fangio to Denver along with several other Chicago assistants on the defensive side of the ball.