The Bears quickly worked for Vic Fangio, announcing Friday night that they have appointed Chuck Pagano as their new Defense Coordinator.
58-year-old Pagano recently spent six seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2012-17. A record of 53-43 in the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs. He led the Colts to three direct playoffs from 2012 to 2012, including AFC South Division titles in 2013 and 2014 and a 2014 AFC Championship Game appearance.
Pagano spent the 2018 season as an NFL adviser. He replaced Vic Fangio, who was hired on Thursday as head coach of the Denver Broncos.
"We are pleased to add Chuck as a defensive coordinator to our staff," said Bears head coach Matt Nagy in a statement. "He has had many successful levels of success in this league and he is a great teacher with an aggressive mentality that matches our footballing style. He is a man of high character and has a passion for the game that will undoubtedly contribute to the culture that we have already built in Halas Hall. "
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Born in Boulder (Colombia), Pagano was only the second head coach in NFL history to have at least 11. He won in each of his first three seasons with a team and became the third head coach in Colts history in the reached the playoffs for the first three years.
In 2013-2014, Pagano led the Colts 6-0 against AFC South opponents en route to consecutive division titles. The Colts also scored 16 consecutive victories against AFC South, setting an NFL record for successive victories within the division. From 2012 to 16, the Colts went a total of 23-7 against AFC South, which scored the best record against a division at this time. The Colts' dominance also included 33 straight games without consecutive losses from 9 September 2012 to 7 September 2014.
The best season of the Colts under Pagano took place in 2014, when he led the team to eleven victories in the AFC Championship Game, the team's first team since 2009. Defensive, the Colts placed in seventh place in the AFC against the pass. Safety Mike Adams provided the NFL lead at Takeaways (7), while Cornerstone defended Vontae Davis in third place in the expired league (18) as the pair made their first career in the Pro Bowl selection.
Pagano's first season in 2012 proved a challenge, but at the same time an inspiration when, after only three games in the season, he had to take leave of absence for a curable form of leukemia. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who served as the team's head coach, led the Colts to a 9-3 record.
Indianapolis secured a place as a placeholder and extended the season for Pagano's return. He returned after 12 weeks and led the Colts in their season finale against the Texans with a 11: 5 record.
Paganos fight against leukemia led him to found the Chuckstrong Foundation, which has more than raised $ 4.7 million for continued cancer research.
During his four seasons in Baltimore, Pagano's defense allowed the second lowest points per game and the second lowest net court in the NFL. The Ravens also finished third in the NFL in this span.
In 2011, Paganos defensive defender became third in the NFL overall defense, second against the run and fourth against the pass on the way to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game. The Ravens also led the league in forced fights (21) and had the third most bags in the NFL (48.0), including a franchise record of 9.0 sacks in the 12th week against the 49ers.
Pagano also worked in the NFL as a defensive back trainer with the Cleveland Browns (2001-04) and Oakland Raiders (2005-06).
In addition, Pagano has 18 years of college-level coaching experience, primarily as a defensive assistant at the USC (1984-85), Miami (1986 and 1995-2000), Boise State (1987-88), East Carolina (1989 and 1999) 1992-94), UNLV (1990-91) and North Carolina (2007).