Bears tab Pagano as new defensive coordinator

The Chicago Bears named former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as their new defensive coordinator Friday night. Pagano replaces the departed Vic Fangio, who left to become head coach of the Denver Broncos earlier in the week.

Pagano sat out coaching last season, serving instead as a NFL consultant. Pagano, 58, recently spent six seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2012-17, compiling a record of 53-43 in the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs. He led the Colts to three straight playoff appearances from 2012-14, including AFC South Division titles in 2013 and 2014, and an appearance in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.

Pagano is known as an aggressive, attacking coordinator who believes in bringing pressure packages.  He won the job over current Chicago secondary coach Ed Donatell.

Reflections of Bears amazing season and heartbreaking ending

Emptying the Chicago Bears notebook before going into a short-term hibernation

-Walking out of Soldier Field Sunday evening was a surreal feeling. The sudden impact of a fun and exhilarating Bears season gone bad when Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal attempt clanked off the upright and crossbar left Bears fans stunned and lamenting what might have been. The small details that shaped a 12-4 division title may have been overlooked—having only 10 defenders on the field prior to Philadelphia ‘s go ahead score in the third quarter, 12 players on the field during the Eagles penultimate drive with the game winning score.

-Mind-boggling statistic: in NFL playoff history, home teams winning the turnover battle by a margin of 2  or more are 112-4. The Bears had two interceptions of Nick Foles and did not turn the ball over.


Three questions as Bears near playoff kick


When playoff football makes its first appearance in Chicago since January of 2011, here are three questions to ponder before the Bears host the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
1. Has Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy learned from his questionable play-calling in last season’s playoff loss when he was Kansas City’s offensive coordinator?  Nagy has pressed all the right buttons with the Bears, but the one and done pressure of the NFL’s second season places a premium on play calling. In a contest  that figures to be tight between two familiar head coaches and friends in Nagy and Eagles coach Doug Pederson, can Nagy balance creativity without being reckless with the football?