Chuck Pagano, a longtime NFL coach who spent the final two seasons as the Chicago Bears‘ defensive coordinator, is retiring, in step with NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo and Ian Rapoport.
Pagano, 60, presided over a Bears protection that accomplished 11th and Eighth in yards allowed throughout his two seasons with the team, respectively. In 2020, Chicago’s protection accomplished 14th in the NFL in scoring, 12th in passing, 15th in speeding, eighth in third down efficiency and fifth in red zone efficiency. The Bears protection used to be led by linebackers Khalil Mack (9 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries), Roquan Smith (139 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions), Danny Trevathan (113 tackles) and security Eddie Jackson (82 tackles, three forced fumbles). The Bears went 8-8 throughout the everyday season sooner than falling to the Unusual Orleans Saints in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Pagano started his coaching occupation as a graduate assistant with USC in 1984. After 18 seasons in the college ranks (including a a success six-Twelve months trail as the Miami Hurricanes’ secondary coach), Pagano broke into the NFL in 2001 as the Cleveland Browns‘ secondary coach, an enviornment he held for four years.
After time in Oakland and North Carolina, Pagano spent three years as the Baltimore Ravens‘ secondary coach sooner than spending the 2011 season as Baltimore’s defensive coordinator. In 2012, Pagano used to be employed as the Indianapolis Colts‘ coach, an enviornment he held through the 2017 season. At some stage in his first seasons in Indianapolis, Pagano guided to the Colts to a pair playoff appearances and a trail to the AFC title sport in 2014.
The Bears will now initiate up the means of finding Pagano’s successor. Raheem Morris is amongst the that it’s doubtless you’ll per chance perchance per chance non-public candidates — he served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ head coach throughout the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Morris, who served as the Atlanta Falcons‘ defensive coordinator final season, went 4-7 as Atlanta’s intervening time coach after Dan Quinn used to be fired following an 0-5 initiate.