The Chicago Bears will be on the hunt for a new defensive coordinator after formally announcing Chuck Pagano is retiring after 18 years as coach at the NFL.
Pagano has served as Chicago’s defensive coordinator from 2019-20 where he led the Bears’ defense, ranking in the top 10 in both years.Pagano next replaces Vic Fangio, who is the Denver Broncos head coach. In the 2018 season
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In two seasons under Pagano, the Bears’ defense was fourth in the NFL in allowed points (18.6 per game) and eighth in yards (324.1) in 2019 and 13th (23.0) and 11th in yards. (347.3) in 2020
Pagano issued a statement via ChicagoBears.com He thanked Bears and the Indianapolis Colts for supporting him through his fight against leukemia.
“After 36 years of coaching a game that I love, I have decided to leave the National Football League,” Pagano said in a statement.
“I want to sincerely thank the McCaskey family, Ted Phillips, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing organization. Also, a big thank you to the Irsay family and the Colts organization, I am forever grateful to that community and for the support they have always given me on and off the pitch. I would like to thank all the coaches, players and staff throughout my career. Thanks are not enough to express my gratitude.
“As much as I love coaching, being away from my family and loved ones takes a lot of time. I’m excited to begin a new chapter of life and can’t wait to spend more time with my family. This has been a wonderful journey and I have built countless relationships that I will cherish forever. ”
Bears head coach Matt Nagy also commented on Pagano’s retirement, noting Pagano sent him news on Tuesday morning.
“I didn’t know Chuck before two years,” Nagy said, “and what he brought us and what he taught us – everyone in our family here is second to none. So that he came to me [Tuesday] Morning and informed me and said it was time to call it a career and he was going to walk away, he sacrificed his family a lot for him and now it is time for him to make sacrifices for them. He was at peace with it and so I think again, thank you coach for that and he will be a great grandpa and enjoy the family time. ”