Chicago Bears DC Chuck Pagano retires from coaching after 36 seasons

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2021

Pagano, 60, spent almost four decades coaching football, starting as a graduate assistant at USC in 1984. And he even got a chance as a head coach for the Colts before wrapping up his career running the Bears' defense.

After a long and well respected career in both college football and the NFL, Chuck Pagano has made a decision to retire after spending two seasons with the Chicago Bears, according to multiple reports.

Bears chairman George McCaskey praised Nagy's ability to navigate the team through a six-game losing streak this season and help lead Chicago to the playoffs, but he also announced that neither Nagy nor Pace will receive contract extensions. I'd also like to thank all the coaches, players and staff throughout my career. He was hired by the Bears on January 11, 2019, to replace decorated defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who left to become head coach of the Denver Broncos.

"As much as I love coaching, it takes a lot of time away from your family and loved ones".

Prior to joining the Colts, Pagano spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, serving as defensive backs coach from 2008-10 and defensive coordinator in 2011. "This has been an wonderful ride and I have made countless relationships that I will cherish forever". After a successful run coaching defensive backs at the University of Miami in the late-1990s, Pagano jumped to the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns in 2001 and eventually rose to be the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. Perhaps Chicago could promote from within.

Pagano was hired by the Bears to replace Vic Fangio, who left to become head coach of the Denver Broncos. The team could seek external options, too. Although, I'm unsure how the job will be perceived knowing GM Ryan Pace and Head Coach Matt Nagy are on a short leash. Nevertheless, the job is open.

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