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Chicago Bears Name Chuck Pagano Defensive Coordinator

Pagano spent six seasons as the head coach of the Colts before being fired in 2017

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the Houston Texans during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    After just one day, the Chicago Bears have already found their new defensive coordinator, as former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been hired by the team.

    Pagano, who coached the Colts for six seasons, will take over for former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who accepted a new job as head coach of the Denver Broncos earlier this week.

    “We are excited to add Chuck to our staff as defensive coordinator,” Bears G.M. Ryan Pace said. “He has successful experience at many different levels in this league and he is a great teacher with an aggressive mentality that fits our style of football. He is a man of high character and has a passion for the game that will no doubt add to the culture we have already started building at Halas Hall.”

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    Pagano led the Colts to a 53-43 record during his tenure, but was fired at the end of the 2017 season. 

    He will be taking over a Bears defense that was one of the league's best, largely thanks to the efforts of Fangio. 

    Pagano has served as an NFL coach for several teams, including as a position coach and a defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens before accepting a job as Colts head coach. 

    The coach became a national inspiration after battling leukemia during the 2012 season. After a leave of absence, he returned to the team for the final game of the regular season, and then coached the team in the NFL playoffs.