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Chicago Bears interested in Chuck Pagano for defensive coordinator

Chuck Pagano, Bears

Chuck Pagano may end up back in the NFL in 2019 after a one-year hiatus.

According to Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Bears are interested in Pagano as their defensive coordinator, as they are looking to replace Vic Fangio, who took the Denver Broncos’ head-coaching job earlier this week.

Pagano has already interviewed with the Carolina Panthers and has also received interest from the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals, as well.

The 58-year-old last coached in the NFL in 2017, where he went 4-12 during his final year of a six-year run with the Indianapolis Colts and was ultimately fired.

Pagano originally became the head coach of the Colts in 2012, missing most of the year due to cancer treatments. Bruce Arians took over in Pagano’s stead, and Indianapolis proceeded to go 11-5 that season. Pagano then returned to the sideline in 2013, leading the Colts to another 11-win campaign which he then repeated again in 2014, leading Indy all the way to the AFC Championship Game in the latter season.

However, after 2014, things began to go downhill for Pagano.

The Boulder, Co. native posted back-to-back eight-win campaigns in 2015 and 2016 before leading the Colts to just four wins last year, resulting in his dismissal. Of course, to be fair to Pagano, Andrew Luck missed the entire 2017 campaign with shoulder issues.

The Bears had the third-ranked defense in the NFL this year and ended up winning 12 games and capturing the NFC North division title. However, they suffered a disappointing Wild Card Round playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

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