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Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (58) / 10/2/1960
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Bears hired Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator.
Pagano spent 2018 out of the league after getting fired from the Colts but resurfaced as one of the top defensive minds available this offseason. He interviewed for Denver and Green Bay's head-coach jobs but was never a realistic candidate. Chicago will keep their 3-4 base in place under Pagano, who runs a similar scheme to Vic Fangio. A good year from Pagano could get him another look as a retread next offseason. Jan 11 - 8:32 PM

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The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears are "keenly interested" in ex-Colts coach Chuck Pagano for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

Beat writer Brad Biggs also reports the team is considering promoting DBs coach Ed Donatell, whose contract is up. Donatell is considered likely to follow Vic Fangio to Denver if he doesn't get the upgrade in Chicago. Pagano has earned looks from everything to head coach to DBs coach this offseason.
Jan 10 - 10:51 PM

Pro Football Talk reports ex-Colts coach Chuck Pagano is interviewing with the Panthers.

It is not clear for which position he is interviewing. Coach Ron Rivera is expected to call plays on defense next season, and Eric Washington still has the defensive coordinator title. Pagano has also been linked with the Jets and Cardinals, who are both looking for defensive coordinators.
Jan 10 - 10:57 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports ex-Colts coach Chuck Pagano is in the running for the Jets' defensive coordinator position.

Ex-Browns coach Gregg Williams and ex-Broncos coach Vance Joseph have also been linked with the job. Joseph would seem to be the favorite given his history with Adam Gase, but perhaps the team decides to go in another direction. A long-time coach with head coaching experience, Pagano could be appealing to teams who decided to go with a young offensive mind at head coach.
Jan 10 - 9:35 AM

9 News' Mike Klis reports the Broncos will interview ex-Colts coach Chuck Pagano for their head-coaching vacancy this week.

The Broncos might as well have just kept Vance Joseph if they go with another ex-defensive coordinator retread like Pagano. He's a good man -- nobody will deny that -- but Pagano didn't have it as a head coach. Pagano also recently interviewed with the Packers. The Broncos have been linked to Mike Munchak, John Harbaugh, Mike Shanahan, Vic Fangio, and Zac Taylor so far.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 07:15:00 PM

The Packers interviewed Chuck Pagano for their head coaching job.

He joins Jim Caldwell as early candidates the Packers have met. Pagano spent 2018 out of the league after getting fired from the Colts. He has ties to both interim HC Joe Philbin and DC Mike Pettine, so it makes sense the Packers brought him in. We'd be surprised if Green Bay's Pagano interest was more than a courtesy interview.
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 08:09:00 PM

ABC Denver's Troy Renck reports ex-Colts coach Chuck Pagano is expected to spend this season as an NFL consultant.

Pagano had interest for Baltimore's defensive coordinator job, but the Ravens promoted Don Martindale. He'll spend this year out of the coaching ranks after getting no retread offers. Pagano may try to resurface in the 2019 offseason.
Wed, Apr 18, 2018 07:16:00 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens would like ex-Colts coach Chuck Pagano to replace the retiring Dean Pees as defensive coordinator.

The Ravens' DBs coach from 2008-10, Pagano spent one year as coordinator before being hired by the Colts. Pees was the coordinator for the entire intervening six years. Pagano's Colts defenses weren't much to call home about, but personnel issues were an annual theme.
Tue, Jan 2, 2018 06:16:00 PM

Colts fired head coach Chuck Pagano.

Pagano lasted six seasons as the Colts' head coach, compiling a 53-43 record but slumping to 8-8 or worse in each of his final three campaigns, including 2017's 4-12 finish. An "old-school football guy," Pagano got his teams to play hard but was a replacement-level game-day coach and hardly a standout pre-game strategist. Still a respectable football mind, Pagano should have a chance to resurface as a defensive coordinator. His background is running defenses with an emphasis on coaching secondaries.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:38:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Colts are expected to fire head coach Chuck Pagano after the season.

The Colts haven't reached the playoffs since falling to New England in the 2014 AFC Championship (yes, the Deflategate Game) and simply weren't competitive without Andrew Luck this season. Even when Luck was healthy last year, the Colts could only muster an 8-8 record while slumping to a third-place finish in the AFC South. According to reports, GM Chris Ballard has already been eyeing Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub and Patriots OC Josh McDaniels as potential replacements. Pagano has been with the Colts since 2012.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:00:00 AM

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe said to expect a "housecleaning" in Indianapolis this offseason.

That includes both the coaching staff and 53-man roster. With Indianapolis set to miss the playoffs for a third consecutive year, Chuck Pagano is likely nearing the end of his Colts tenure. Per Volin, GM Chris Ballard wants to give Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub a head-coaching opportunity, though owner Jim Irsay may be looking for a "sexier" hire. Ballard has also been grilling Jacoby Brissett on Josh McDaniels, who served as Brissett's OC during his time in New England. Either way, it's a near certainty that Pagano will be handed his walking papers on Black Monday.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 09:28:00 AM

New Colts GM Chris Ballard said there are "no other options" at coach than Chuck Pagano.

"Chuck Pagano is a good football coach in the National Football League," Ballard said. "Me and Chuck will make decisions together for the best interests of the Indianapolis Colts." Despite plenty of smoke about Ballard wanting to get rid of Pagano, he at least publicly is on board with retaining the coach. Coming off a ridiculously dysfunctional relationship with his last general manager, Pagano will hope the public comments match Ballard's actions behind the scenes. Even with the strong show of support, Pagano is entering a make-or-break year.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Jan 30, 2017 11:05:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Colts are still expected to retain coach Chuck Pagano for 2017.

New GM Chris Ballard was hired over the weekend and will have his introductory press conference Monday afternoon where he's sure to address the Pagano situation. There was some speculation that Ballard may hire Chiefs STs coach Dave Toub as his new head coach in Indy, but that doesn't appear to be on the table. 2017 will be a make-or-break year for Pagano. He'd likely have to make the playoffs and advance pretty far in them to save his job for 2018.
Mon, Jan 30, 2017 11:53:00 AM

According to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, Chuck Pagano is expected to stay on as head coach regardless of who the Colts hire as their new GM.

This conflicts with rumors that lead Colts GM candidate Chris Ballard would bring on Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub to replace Pagano. Ballard reportedly favors canning Pagano, but owner Jim Irsay has been adamant that Pagano will remain in his current role, at least for 2017.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017 11:07:00 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Colts brought in a psychologist last year for coach Chuck Pagano and former GM Ryan Grigson to work through some of their issues.

One source compared the sessions to marriage counseling. The Colts tried their best to ease the hostility between Pagano and Grigson but in the end, the relationship couldn't be saved. Owner Jim Irsay finally fired Grigson on Saturday, dissolving what had been a five-year partnership. Pagano reportedly has a much better relationship with VP of Football Operations Jimmy Raye III, who is expected to replace Grigson as the full-time GM. Regardless of who succeeds Grigson, Pagano will be entering a must-win season in 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Jan 22, 2017 11:03:00 AM

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