Chuck Pagano retires

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Longtime NFL coach Chuck Pagano is calling it a career.

The 60-year-old Pagano is retiring, according to multiple reports.

Pagano has spent the last two years as defensive coordinator of the Bears. Prior to that, he was head coach of the Colts from 2012 to 2017. He went 11-5 in each of his first three seasons in Indianapolis, but after losing the AFC Championship Game after the 2014 season, Pagano’s Colts took a step backward, and he was fired after going 4-12 in 2017.

Pagano spent a lifetime in coaching and was also defensive coordinator of the Ravens and an assistant in several other stops at both the college and pro levels.

19 responses to “Chuck Pagano retires

  1. Very surprising. Most coaches love moving their families all over the country when they reach the age that most normal people like to settle down. They love nothing more than riding that coaching carousel.

  2. It was either that or be fired. As a Bears fan I really wanted to pull for him but the defense took a huge drive on his watch, and with many of the same players.

    On the other hand it sounds like DC is the only change the Bears are making so at least Chuck won’t have to live through the grease fire the 2021 season is shaping up to be there.

  3. Thanks coach but your time was now. Sorry. Took a great D and made it average.

  4. For a guy like Pagano, the frustrating part of coaching – as it is for all great coaches – is drawing up an excellent game plan only to see players fail to execute on the field. That’s what it essentially comes down to. Pagano has been an excellent coach.

  5. Obviously asked to step down or be fired. Maybe one of the most clueless coaches I’ve ever seen.

  6. Dom Capers – you should be sitting near your rotary dial phone. The call is coming.

  7. I’m sure he’s done well for himself and can enjoy retirement.

    The defense this year was awful. A change was needed.

    No idea what next year looks like. Restructure Mack for another 3 years? Can we jail Quinn for stealing money?

  8. He needed to go, and glad it was from retirement. The defense was not being used correctly the last two seasons, at all. You can’t call 4 or 3 pass rushers and soft zones every team on a team that was built to send a lot of guys at the passer and expect it to work. They absolutely underperformed with him at the helm. He seems like a great guy and I hope he enjoys retirement. He wasn’t a good fit at all for this team.

  9. Bear fans have to be wondering what would have been had Todd Bowles taken their job instead of reuniting with Arians. Pagano just wasn’t an upper echelon DC. The only other worse Baltimore DC I can think of was Mike Nolan.

  10. Sorry to see Coach Pagano go. He’s a good man and a good coach. It’s a shame we couldn’t get any further in the play-offs but goodbye and good luck in the next chapter of your life. Bears – Go and get Todd Bowles!

  11. Nice career Coach Pagano had but the Defense definitely took a big step back with him as DC. Not all his fault but still.

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