Chuck Pagano says Bears defense won’t change much

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There’s an old saying about not fixing things that aren’t broken and it is one that Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano appears to be keeping close at hand in his new job.

Pagano was hired to take the reins of the Chicago defense after Vic Fangio left to become the Broncos head coach and a big part of the reason that Fangio got that job was because of how good the Bears defense has been of late. Pagano wasn’t on Fangio’s staff, but that won’t lead him to take things in a new direction.

Pagano said that he’s going to adapt to what’s been working the last few years rather than ask the team’s players to learn a new system.

“To throw everything out and start anew would not be very smart on my part,” Pagano said, via David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.

Head coach Matt Nagy said after hiring Pagano that he expected a “pretty seamless transition” from the old coordinator to the new one. Pagano’s comments on Wednesday suggest Nagy was correct from a schematic standpoint.

15 responses to “Chuck Pagano says Bears defense won’t change much

  1. If Pagano starts messing with the Bears defense, he’s an idiot. That D is the best in the league. Other teams fear the Bears defense. Let’s hope Pagano is smart enough to understand that and keep the defense operating at a really high level.

  2. Good luck with that Bears fans 😦

    I really liked Pagano as a person, he seems like a great guy – but as a football coach he is clueless.

    How Chicago couldn’t come up with better options for a new defensive coordinator is beyond me.

    Good luck with Pagano building your guy’s MONSTER.

    Pagano and Monachino – lord just typing those 2 names together gives me shivers – in 6 years in Indy Pagano couldn’t build a defense. All Pagano did was ride Luck’s shoulder into oblivion.

    Thank GOD for Matt Eberflus – best D coordinator Indy ever hired (thanks Josh McDaniels).

    Colts fan 🙂

  3. Pagano was pretty bad as head coach in Indy, but he’s a genuinely good dude and I wish him nothing but the best with the Bears.

  4. Whenever a coordinator has a great season and leaves to become a head coach, the new coordinator always says they aren’t going to make big changes to what worked before. But the new coordinator never seems to be quite as good as the old one.

  5. It’s super easy to say that, but it’s not his system so he’s not going to be able to coach it up and make adjustments like Vic was able to do. He would be better off implementing a system he knows while keeping a lot of the terminology and ideology the same as possible. This will still be a top 10 unit, but won’t have near the dominance. It’ll also be nearly impossible to be as healthy as they were this year

  6. Why wouldnt they have given the job to one of Fangio’s assistants. A guy like Pagano will not be able to help himself but to try and put his own stamp on this defense

  7. Nagy and Pagano are basically trying to calm the fan base on the fact that losing Fangio was a huge loss. I have a feeling most of the Chicago fan base is intelligent enough to realize that it will be Pagano’s defense and not exactly like Vic Fangio’s. Maybe Pagano’s defense will be better. Chances are that will not be the case.

    Them both saying that basically nothing is going to change just isn’t based in fact. Chuck Pagano implying he is going to try to be like Vic Fangio is a recipe for failure. He is not Vic Fangio and shouldn’t be setting himself up for failure by trying to say the defense will be exactly the same.

  8. I am hoping Pagano will be more aggressive with the blitz. When Rodgers was hurt in the first game DaBears should have blitzed him and knocked him down as much as possible. A more aggressive defensive team with the blitz is what we should be looking for.

  9. That’s the same thing the Denver Broncos said when they let go of Wade Phillips and now the Broncos defense is trash and Wade Phillips is coaching his new defense in the Super bowl.

  10. itgod27 says:
    January 24, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    Good luck with that Bears fans 😦
    I really liked Pagano as a person, he seems like a great guy – but as a football coach he is clueless.
    How Chicago couldn’t come up with better options for a new defensive coordinator is beyond me.
    Good luck with Pagano building your guy’s MONSTER.
    Pagano and Monachino – lord just typing those 2 names together gives me shivers – in 6 years in Indy Pagano couldn’t build a defense. All Pagano did was ride Luck’s shoulder into oblivion.
    Thank GOD for Matt Eberflus – best D coordinator Indy ever hired (thanks Josh McDaniels).
    Colts fan 🙂
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    The Colts barely drafted any defense during the Pagano years, and most of those picks were failures.

    In Pagano’s first year, 2012, they didn’t take a defensive player in the draft until the 5th round of the draft. He was out of the league after the 2014 season.

    In 2013, the only 1st rounder they took in the Pagano years, Bjoern Warner, was out of football by 2015.

    In 2014, their highest defensive pick was in the 5th round and he was out of the game in 2 seasons.

    In 2015, their highest def. pick (3rd round) was D’joun Smith- out of football by 2016.

    In 2016, their highest defensive pick was TJ Green in the 2nd round- out of football at the end of 2017.

    Not until 2017 did they start dedicating themselves to drafting defense, and they started reaping the benefits of that in 2018.

    Think about it- in 5 straight years, each of their highest defensive draft choices were cut within a couple of years and couldn’t even catch on with another team.

    I don’t know how good of a D coordinator Pagano will be, but he certainly wasn’t given much to work with in Indianapolis.

  11. broncosroe says:
    January 24, 2019 at 1:57 pm
    That’s the same thing the Denver Broncos said when they let go of Wade Phillips and now the Broncos defense is trash and Wade Phillips is coaching his new defense in the Super bowl.
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    That Rams defense is ranked 20th, and has given up over 30 points in 7 games. And that’s with the best lineman in the game in Aaron Donald, ex-DOY Marcus Peters, Dante Fowler, and others.

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