Chicago News-League sources told ESPN that Chuck Pagano, the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator and former Indianapolis Colts head coach, has decided to retire.
Sources said the Bears are likely to retain head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace.
The 60-year-old Pagano spent two seasons in Chicago after six years as the head coach of the Colts. He was hired by the Bears on January 11, 2019 to replace the beautifully decorated defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who left to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos.
In Pagano’s first season, the Bears’ defense led the NFC in points per game (1
Chicago’s defense seems to have once again become the club’s strength in the early 2020 season, but as a year has passed, the organization’s performance has stabilized. The regular defense in Week 15 of the regular season ended, and the Bears (8-9) ranked 11th in the playoffs in Week 17.
The New Orleans Saints eliminated Chicago from the playoffs with a 21-9 loss in the Superdome.
During his six seasons as the head coach of the Colts, Pagano scored 53-43 in the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs.
After the Bears lost 8 of 11 games and completed 1-7 of the playoffs in 2020, the fate of Najib and Pace is uncertain.
Nagy was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 2018-bringing the Bears to two playoff berths in the past three years.
Pace has just completed his sixth year as general manager of Chicago.