Bears hire Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator to replace Vic Fangio

Ruben Hill
January 12, 2019

With Vic Fangio off to take over as the head coach of the Denver Broncos, the Chicago Bears announced Friday that former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano would be the team's new defensive coordinator. In his six seasons in Indianapolis, the Colts won two AFC South titles and advanced to the AFC championship game in 2014. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians stepped in as the interim head coach and led the Colts to a 9-3 record and a wild-card berth.

The Colts fired him after a 4-12 finish in 2017, and he did not coach this season.

Pagano's battle with leukemia led him to form the Chuckstrong Foundation, which has raised more than $4.7 million for continued cancer research.

A 16-year NFL coaching veteran, Pagano takes over arguably the league's best defense. Before that, Pagano had served as the Ravens' defensive coordinator and worked as a secondary coach for the Ravens, Raiders and Browns.

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. Pagano spent 18 years as a college coach before moving to 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. The Bears' defense was also No. 3 in total yards allowed (299.7) and in sacks (50).

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