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Report: Bears Interview Chuck Pagano for Defensive Coordinator Job

Pagano won 53 games in six years as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts

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The Chicago Bears have moved quickly to interview candidates to replace former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, and they went outside the organization for at least one of those interviews.

According to a report from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have interviewed former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as they seek to replace Fangio.

Pagano, who was fired by the Colts after the 2017 season, posted a 53-43 record in six seasons at the helm, but is now looking to get back into the coaching game, having been linked to several different openings.

Pagano served as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens for a season before being hired by the Colts in 2012. He has also coached position groups with the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns during his NFL career.

The Bears also interviewed defensive backs coach Ed Donatell for the position on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Other candidates, including Todd Bowles and Vance Joseph, have already agreed to deals with other teams, as Bowles will serve as defensive coordinator in Tampa Bay and Joseph will head to Arizona to work with Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals.

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