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The Bear’s Den, January 13, 2021

Rumor has it that Chuck Pagano is hanging them up, while Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace will return for 2021

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Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano
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Enjoy your retirement Chuck, we appreciate your hard work.


Bears’ George McCaskey needs to decide soon on Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy’s future - RSN - If George McCaskey decides major change is necessary to fix the Bears, he needs to come to that conclusion soon. Otherwise, he could miss out on getting the best people available to fix a franchise that shouldn’t be content just treading water.

Bears to Retain Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy in 2021, Chuck Pagano Will Retire - On Tap Sports Net - Reports indicate that Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace will return in 2021. Meanwhile, DC Chuck Pagano is set to retire.

Report: Bears to retain Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy for 2021 season - 670 The Score - After weeks of uncertainty and days of deliberation, the Bears appear set to retain general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy for the 2021 season.

Reports: Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to retire - 670 The Score - Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano is set to retire, according to multiple reports Tuesday evening. With that, Chicago will be seeking its third defensive coordinator in four seasons.

8 NFL teams to watch in Allen Robinson potential free agency - 670 The Score - If the Bears don’t use the franchise tag on him, receiver Allen Robinson will be one of the most sought-after names in free agency. And Robinson’s comments in recent days suggest he wants to hit free agency.

Bears to look for new defensive coordinator as Chuck Pagano opts to retire - Chicago Sun-Times - Defensive coordinator is an incredibly important hire for the Bears. Under offensive-minded head coach Matt Nagy, that position has been autonomous. Hiring a new coordinator could also mean significant turnover among position coaches.

Bears content to bring back Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy after back-to-back 8-8 seasons - Chicago Sun-Times - Both are expected back for 2021, though the team hasn’t announced anything officially. The Bears went 8-8 and finished five games behind the Packers in the NFC North for the second consecutive season.

1st-and-10: Facing fourth-and-forever, George McCaskey punts - Chicago Sun-Times - After another 8-8 season, with the 26th-ranked offense in the NFL, the 20th pick in the 2021 draft and a negative salary-cap ledger, the Bears are stuck in the middle. And Bears fans — addicted to football and their beloved Bears — are just stuck.

Rex Ryan: ‘I’ve never been a big fan of this Nagy guy’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Rex Ryan, the former head coach turned talking head, said Monday on ESPN’s "Get Up!" that he had a personal problem with Bears head coach Matt Nagy.

Bears WR Anthony Millerwon’t be suspended, but a fine is likely - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller will not be suspended for punching Saints cornerback C.J. Gardner-Johnson in Sunday’s playoff game, sources said.

Mitch Trubisky doesn’t measure up to the other QBs still alive in the playoffs - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears can’t continue to compete in a league built for quarterbacks without an elite one of their own.

Chicago Bears: Coach Matt Nagy, GM Ryan Pace both will return - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy will return in 2021, a league source said Tuesday evening.

Matt Nagy: Analysts blast Chicago Bears coach after playoff loss - Chicago Tribune - While Matt Nagy’s future with the Chicago Bears is weighed at Halas Hall, at least two NFL analysts have accused him of coaching malpractice.

Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to retire: Sources – The Athletic - For the third time in four seasons, the Bears will be hiring a defensive coordinator, as Chuck Pagano is set to retire.

Bears mock draft analysis: What Teven Jenkins brings to OL – The Athletic - Kevin Fishbain and Max Olson analyze Dane Brugler's mock draft pick for the Bears: offensive lineman Teven Jenkins.


Andre Johnson: Deshaun Watson should stand his ground - ProFootballTalk - Texans owner Cal McNair asked retired wide receiver Andre Johnson to be one of the team’s advisors in its search for a new general manager. But McNair is not going to like Johnson’s advice for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Coaching carousel shouldn't spin until after the Super Bowl - ProFootballTalk - As the NFL’s annual game of multi-million-dollar musical chairs continues to unfold, teams trying to navigate the postseason face inevitable disruptions and distractions to their preparations as assistant coaches have been interviewed and will continue to be interviewed.

Seahawks fire Brian Schottenheimer - ProFootballTalk - The Seattle Seahawks are in the market for a new offensive coordinator.


Aaron Rodgers to guest host Jeopardy - ProFootballTalk - Who is Aaron Rodgers?


Wiltfong: Rumor - Pace and Nagy to return in 2021 - Windy City Gridiron - Still nothing official, but reports are starting to trickle in about Pace and Nagy returning to the Bears.

ECD: Bears DC Chuck Pagano to Retire from NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Two days after their elimination from the playoffs, the Bears will be searching for their new play caller on defense

Sunderbruch: Mitch Trubisky and the Free Agent QB Market - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears face uncertainty at quarterback. Yet again. With one answer already wearing Navy and Orange, how do the other options compare?

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Give our NFL Thoughts a peek this week and give some of your own in the comment section.

Householder's Stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-New Orleans Saints Wild Card Game - Windy City Gridiron - The season is over and so we look back one final time at the game and see who ended going up and who is headed down


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