Sean Desai has Bears defenders excited as he steps into coordinator role

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The Chicago Bears will have a new defensive coordinator for the 2021 season. However, the Bears aren’t having to learn who the new coach is as Sean Desai has been a part of the team’s coaching staff for the last eight seasons.

Desai replaces Chuck Pagano as the team’s defensive coordinator after Pagano elected to retire after the 2020 season. Desai was officially promoted to the role in May.

While the chances to be on the field have been somewhat limited, Bears players have expressed their excitement over what Desai could bring to the table now that he’s running the show on defense.

I was very excited,” safety Eddie Jackson said, via Larry Mayer of the team’s website. “He’s been a guy behind the scenes for a very long time, even before I got here (in 2017). [He] was one of the guys who helped me the most learning the plays, learning the schemes. So, for him to get that type of promotion is huge and I feel like it’s well deserved.”

Desai joined the Bears as a defensive quality control coach in 2013 under then-defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and head coach Marc Trestman. He remained with the team despite coaching chances for 2015 that saw John Fox as head coach and Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator. He again made it through another coaching change in 2018 was hired as the team’s new head coach. Fangio remained in the defensive coordinator role for one more season before getting the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos. That allowed Pagano to take the defensive reins for Chicago.

Under Pagano, Desai was promoted to safeties coach. Two years later, he’s the guy in charge.

“Sean knows strengths and weaknesses,” linebacker Danny Trevathan said. “He watches a lot of film. He’s a smart guy. He knows football. So, I think that’s going to help put us in the best situation possible in making the right calls and understanding who’s out there and knowing how the guys can make an impact play.”

Taking players like Jackson and Trevathan at their word, it doesn’t seem as though Desai needs to earn the respect of his players as coordinator, which can be one of the bigger hurdles to clear for a coach coming into a team.

“I think that Sean is one of the brighter young minds in the game,” safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. said. “To have him as my defensive coordinator, I definitely understand what he can bring to the table. And with the talent that he has on defense, it’s going to be a beautiful thing to see.”

8 responses to “Sean Desai has Bears defenders excited as he steps into coordinator role

  1. If this guy was “one of the brightest minds in the game” and a coveted coordinator, why did no other team pluck him away after 8 years? Why did the Bears keep hiring retread coordinators to run the defense and not him? How is Desai going to keep Mack from DISAPPEARING for games at a time?

  2. I think we will know one way or another very soon come September.
    Ideally, he fits as well as projected and the D returns to 2018 form.

  3. No thanks for reminding me of the Trestman/Tucker era. I’m glad I’ve already had lunch.

  4. Sure hope Desai can get that unit turned around. It was tough watching them tail off under Pagano. Not sure if his schemes misused the talent or the players just didn’t buy in but it was very clear especially last season that changes were needed.

  5. I have never understood how you can be a genius assistant on a so so defense. If he is a genius he should have been giving genius suggestions. I also believe egg head coordinators don’t usually work out. I believe emotion is as important strategy.

  6. Let’s just hope the Desai is more of a Fangio deciple than a Pagano one. The defense is going to have to hold up and return to the 19 season’s form.

  7. This D isn’t getting back to ‘18 form. Lost CB1 and outside of Smith Jackson, and maybe Johnson, they’re a lot closer to the end than the beginning. Going to be a rough season.

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