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Chuck Pagano, a longtime NFL coach who spent the last two seasons as the Chicago Bears’ protective coordinator, is retiring, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo and Ian Rapoport.

Pagano, 60, presided over a Bears defense that completed 11 th and 8th in backyards allowed during his two seasons with the team, respectively. In 2020, Chicago’s defense ended up 14 th in the NFL in scoring, 12 th in passing, 15 th in hurrying, eighth in 3rd down effectiveness and 5th in red zone effectiveness. The Bears defense was led by linebackers Khalil Mack (9 sacks, 3 required fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries), Roquan Smith (139 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions), Danny Trevathan (113 deals with) and security Eddie Jackson (82 deals with, 3 forced fumbles). The Bears went 8-8 throughout the routine season before falling to the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Pagano started his coaching career as a graduate assistant with USC in1984 After 18 seasons in the college ranks (including a successful six-year run as the Miami Hurricanes’ secondary coach), Pagano burglarized the NFL in 2001 as the Cleveland Browns’ secondary coach, a position he held for four years.

After time in Oakland and North Carolina, Pagano spent 3 years as the Baltimore Ravens’ secondary coach before investing the 2011 season as Baltimore’s defensive organizer. In 2012, Pagano was worked with as the Indianapolis Colts’ coach, a position he held through the 2017 season. Throughout his very first seasons in Indianapolis, Pagano directed to the Colts to three playoff looks and a trip to the AFC title game in2014

The Bears will now begin the procedure of discovering Pagano’s follower. Raheem Morris is amongst the possible candidates– he served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach throughout the 2010 and 2011 seasons.


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