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The NFL’s Coaching Carousel continues to turn, as Chicago hires Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS POST-PAGANO HIRING

LeGere: Bears hire Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator - Daily Herald - Bears head coach Matt Nagy Friday announced the hiring of Chuck Pagano as the team's defensive coordinator on Friday. The 58-year-old Pagano did not coach in 2018 but worked as an NFL consultant.

Stebbins: Bears hire former-Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator - NBC Sports Chicago - Friday, the Bears announced that they hired former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator, replacing the departed Vic Fangio.

Stankevitz: What can the Bears expect from new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano? - NBC Sports Chicago - From a talent perspective, Chuck Pagano is walking into an ideal situation for his first gig as a defensive coordinator in eight years.

Neveau: Chicago Bears Name Chuck Pagano Defensive Coordinator - NBC Chicago - After just one day, the Chicago Bears have already found their new defensive coordinator, as former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been hired by the team.

Mayer: Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Friday hired Chuck Pagano as their new defensive coordinator. Pagano, who replaces Vic Fangio, has spent 16 seasons in the NFL, most recently serving as Indianapolis Colts head coach from 2012-17.

Biggs, Kane & Campbell: Bears hire Chuck Pagano Friday for defensive coordinator job - Chicago Tribune - The Bears needed just two days to find their replacement for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio after he left to coach the Broncos.

Finley: Bears hire Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator - Sun Times - The Bears hired former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as their defensive coordinator Friday night.

Medina: Bears Hire Chuck Pagano as Defensive Coordinator - Bleacher nation - Chuck Pagano is the man.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears name Chuck Pagano defensive coordinator - ESPN - The Bears have turned to Chuck Pagano to direct one of the top defenses in the league.

Bears Hire Chuck Pagano As Defensive Coordinator - 670 The Score - ”He is a great teacher with an aggressive mentality,” Matt Nagy says.

Eurich: Bears hire Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears have a new coordinator to run their outstanding defense.

Williams: Bears hire Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator – ProFootballTalk - Chuck Pagano sat out one season. That apparently was long enough away from coaching. The Bears have hired Pagano as their new defensive coordinator, replacing Vic Fangio, the team announced Friday night.

Shook: Bears hire Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator - NFL.com - After spending a season out of football, Chuck Pagano is back in the NFL. The Chicago Bears announced they hired Pagano as their defensive coordinator Friday.

BEARRRSSSS PRE-PAGANO HIRING

Wood: Turning the Page on the 2018 Bears - Da Bears Blog - What a ride. The Bears’ 2018 season ended with a doink a few weeks before anybody wanted it to, but man oh man what fun it was. After four straight years of shifting attention to the draft by November, the Bears went 12-4, established themselves as one of the best teams in the NFL, and laid waste to the division. Along the way, they got to officially end the season of both the Packers and Vikings and made the entire city of Chicago go crazy with football fever.

Medina: Meet a Bears Defensive Coordinator Candidate: Chuck Pagano - Bleacher Nation - Chuck Pagano is making his rounds on the interview circuit and could be an intriguing candidate for the Bears.

Bears nearly sweep NFC North awards after breakthrough season - ESPN - NFC North Coach of the Year Matt Nagy turned Mitchell Trubisky into a dual-threat headache for opponents, and the Bears’ defense also dominated.

Parkey challenge: Make a 43-yard kick, win a trip not beer - Chicago Bears- ESPN - Goose Island Brewery is trying to ease Bears’ fans pain by offering a road trip for a made field goal. Ken’s Note: No free beer for you!

2019 NFL season - Trubisky / Daniel mid-level in Quarterback Confidence Index rating 1-32 - In a quarterback-driven league, it’s not a shock that the top seven QB situations belong to playoff teams. Chicago’s? Middle of the road.

Audio: Patrick Mannelly Stunned Bears’ Cody Parkey Went On ‘Today Show’ - Sun Times - ”I don’t get it,” Patrick Mannelly says.

Report: Bears Interviewing Chuck Pagano For Defensive Coordinator - 670 The Score - The Bears have also interviewed secondary coach Ed Donatell for the job.

Wiederer: Is Mitch Trubisky a future star or an inconsistent headache? After two seasons, the jury is still out - Chicago Tribune - For Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, the clutch contributions late in a playoff loss to the Eagles were reassuring. But they were also too little, too late and left Trubisky with plenty to improve on as he crosses the bridge from Year 2 to Year 3.

Kane: 'Football is what I do. It's not who I am:' 5 things we heard from Cody Parkey on his 'Today' show appearance - Chicago Tribune - Bears kicker Cody Parkey went on NBC’s “Today” show on Friday morning to talk about his botched 43-yard field-goal attempt that cost the Bears a first-round playoff victory Sunday.

Williams: Cody Parkey is better at his job than you are at yours - Chicago Tribune - So Cody Parkey missed a field goal for the Bears against the Eagles. Get over it. Ken's Note: No, Kevin Williams, he's just better than YOU do YOUR job there at the Tribune. I've failed to deliver on my job exactly never, whereas Cody shouldn't even be employed at his.

Haugh: What will it be like to replace Vic Fangio on the Bears? Vince Tobin knows — he took over for Buddy Ryan after Super Bowl XX - Chicago Tribune - Vince Tobin replacing beloved Buddy Ryan parallels the reality facing whoever replaces Vic Fangio, the Bears’ popular and successful defensive coordinator who left Wednesday to become the Broncos head coach. Ken's Note: There's ZERO comparison between the two, Vic didn't win squat. Yeah, he took a bad defense and made it very good, but I don't see any rings on his finger from Chicago like Buddy had.

Chicago Bears: 2018-19 End of Season Awards Show - The Chicago Audible - In this episode, the guys commemorate the 2018-19 Chicago Bears season by handing out over 20 awards.

PFW Chicago Podcast 138: Double Doink, Fangio gone - Pro Football Weekly - A lot to discuss on this week's show, including the infamous "Double Doink" heard across the world as Cody Parkey's field goal is blocked ending the Bears playoff run, plus the guys have all the latest on Vic Fangio's exit as the Defensive Coordinator takes a Head Coaching job with the Broncos. Who will take over the dominate D? Hub Arkush and Arthur Arkush, along with a special appearance by Eric Edholm breaks it all down on this week's show!

Stankevitz: Ed Donatell or Chuck Pagano? Evaluating the resumes of reported Bears’ defensive coordinator candidates | NBC Sports Chicago - Ed Donatell and Chuck Pagano reportedly are being considered to replace Vic Fangio as the Bears' defensive coordinator. How do their resumes stack up?

Neveau: Bears Interview Chuck Pagano for Defensive Coordinator Job - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears have moved quickly to interview candidates to replace former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, and they went outside the organization for at least one of those interviews.

Medina: Trubisky Made Some Baller Fourth-Quarter Throws on Sunday and I Have Hope (VIDEOS) - Bleacher Nation - Mitch Trubisky was money down in the fourth quarter, which was a silver lining Bears fans can dream on in 2019.

Medina: Chuck Pagano is Reportedly Interviewing for the Bears' Defensive Coordinator Job Today - Bleacher Nation - Chuck Pagano could be the Bears' top target, but choosing him could lead to a domino effect elsewhere on the coaching staff.

Jahns: Looking at Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky and the 2018 season - Sun Times - Sun-Times expert Adam L. Jahns breaks down the most important aspects of the Bears’ 2018 season and looks at what’s ahead.

Potash: Analyzing Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky and the 2018 Bears season - Sun Times - With only Prince Amukamara reaching 30 ... this defense is loaded with players still getting better - the average age of the top 15 in snaps is 26.2.

Finley: Analyzing Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky and the 2018 Bears season - Sun Times - Sun-Times expert Patrick Finley breaks down the most important aspects of the Bears’ 2018 season and looks at what’s ahead:

Morrissey: Cody Parkey makes a bad decision by going on the 'Today' show - Sun Times - After hitting upright in loss, Bears kicker decides that going on national TV five days after one of the worst losses in city history is a good idea.

Kenney: Goose Island offers new prize for field goal challenge: Trip to Super Bowl LIII - Sun Times - Goose Island released Friday its official list of rules and regulations for Saturday's competition, which will take place outside their taproom.

Finley: Bears kicker Cody Parkey - 'I let fans, teammates and whole organization down' - Sun Times - Reaction to Cody Parkey's miss went national - he appeared on the popular morning show ahead of actress Natalie Portman.

Armentrout: Ball that double-doinked off goalposts in Bears' playoff loss could fetch $100K - Sun Times - The ball that ended the Bears season could be worth a ton of money if the Eagles win another Super Bowl, a sports memorabilia expert said.

Real Talk: Cody Parkey was off target - again - in whatever he was trying to accomplish with his 'Today' interview - Chicago Tribune - Cody Parkey’s appearance on "Today" on Friday morning became a lightning rod for those who saw the veteran kicker as a noble pro owning up to his error and those wondering just what exactly he was trying to accomplish by reliving the “Double Doink” in the national spotlight.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cardinals hire Vance Joseph as defensive coordinator - NFL.com - The Cardinals announced Friday they have hired former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph to be their defensive coordinator. Joseph is off the market after garnering interest from several NFL teams.

Gary Kubiak won’t be the Broncos offensive coordinator – ProFootballTalk - During his introductory press conference on Thursday, new Broncos head coach Vic Fangio declined to talk about reports that Gary Kubiak would be the team’s offensive coordinator because nothing had been finalized yet. That allows Fangio to avoid any backtracking on Friday.

Marty Mornhinweg won’t return to Ravens – ProFootballTalk - The Ravens announced the previously reported promotion of Greg Roman to offensive coordinator on Friday afternoon and revealed what’s next for the coach who used to hold that position.

Gregg Williams in talks with Jets for DC position - NFL.com - Not long after leaving Cleveland, Gregg Williams could be heading to New York, as NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports new Jets coach Adam Gase is interested in bring Williams in.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions 1 of 3 teams set to interview Bucs OC Todd Monken - Pride Of Detroit - Another candidate has emerged for the Lions OC job.

Report: Detroit Lions interviewed Nathaniel Hackett for offensive coordinator job - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have reportedly finished an interview with the former Jaguars offensive coordinator.

Everything you need to know about a hypothetical Lions trade for Antonio Brown - Pride Of Detroit - According to one online sports book, the Lions are one of the favorites to acquire the former All-Pro receiver. This is a guide as to how you should deal with this information.

2019 NFL free agency: 16 potential cap casualties Detroit Lions should watch - Pride Of Detroit - What potential cap cuts could interest the Lions?

Mike Priefer will not return as Minnesota Vikings Special Teams Coach - Daily Norseman - Another vacancy on the Minnesota sideline

Packers coach LaFleur could adopt Nagy’s approach to hiring an OC - Acme Packing Company - With most or all of Matt LaFleur’s top OC candidates apparently off the table, the Packers’ new head coach might do well to emulate Matt Nagy’s approach to picking his top offensive assistant.

Todd Monken will interview for Packers’ offensive coordinator position, per report - Acme Packing Company - This would be a home-run hire if Matt LaFleur can bring the former Bucs’ OC to Green Bay.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears hire Chuck Pagano to be new defensive coordinator - Windy City Gridiron - An experienced defensive mind, Pagano gets the coveted helm of the NFL’s best defense. What a lucky man.

Zeglinski: Chuck Pagano interviews for Chicago Bears defensive coordinator opening - Windy City Gridiron - The former Colts head coach and Ravens defensive assistant was at Halas Hall Friday. He could be just what the doctor ordered for the Bears.

WCG Roundtable: Should the Bears Trade Jordan Howard? - Windy City Gridiron - Windy City Gridiron attempts to answer whether or not the Bears should keep fan-favorite Jordan Howard as we head into the final year of his contract. In this final edition, we look at Howard’s value on the open market and whether or not the Bears would be better off trading him.

Berckes' & Curl's 2019 Chicago Bears Blither-blather: Wildcard Hangover Edition - Windy City Gridiron - Patti and Jeff are back to commiserate over a disheartening end to a heartwarming season

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