Report: Jay Rodgers, Sean Desai internal candidates for Bears defensive coordinator

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The Bears have to find a new defensive coordinator following the retirement of Chuck Pagano, and they’re reportedly looking at a couple of internal candidates.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL media, defensive line coach Jay Rodgers and safeties coach Sean Desai are both in consideration for the role.

Rodgers has been the club’s defensive line coach since 2015 — predating head coach Matt Nagy’s tenure. Desai has also been with Chicago longer than Nagy, joining the franchise in 2013 as a quality control assistant. He was promoted to safeties coach in 2019.

As an added layer to the situation, Rapoport reports that Rodgers’ contract is expiring next week and he is expected to draw interest for a potential coordinator role as head coaching vacancies are filled.

5 responses to “Report: Jay Rodgers, Sean Desai internal candidates for Bears defensive coordinator

  1. Whoever they pick has a very simple Top 3 to-do list:

    1) Get Mack, Quinn, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller back to playing at a level where they are earning their pay (assuming they’re not traded).

    2) Figure out every possible way to have Roquan Smith making as many impact plays as possible.

    3) Teach every guy on that unit how to tackle and hold them accountable when they don’t. The 2020 Bears gave up so many 3rd down conversions to yards after contact it was ridiculous.

    Those 3 things alone will go along way to restoring the defense to a unit that can carry the offense, which by all indications will be needed once again in 2021.

  2. Eddie Jackson’s play really dropped off this year. Why would his coach, Desai, get a job as the DC? That’s the definition of failing upwards.

    Oh wait, it’s the Bears.

  3. The new DC should condition the D to play 2/3 of the game because of the 3 and offense that they have. Looking at next year’s schedule, it is going to be a long year,

  4. Probably a solid move to save money and not re-invent the wheel. The coaching staff and management will be gone after this year any way.

  5. I didn’t look forward to the 2020 season, I really am not looking forward to 2021.

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