On Thursday the Atlanta Falcons announced that Dave Ragone was being hired as offensive coordinator on new head coach Arthur Smith’s coaching staff. Ragone had been with the Chicago Bears from 2016 to 2020, and last season he served as their passing game coordinator. While Smith is expected to call plays in Atlanta, this is still a nice promotion for Ragone.
Also in line for a promotion with the Falcons is Chicago running backs coach Charles London, who is expected to join Smith as his quarterbacks coach. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting the move is likely, yet it was made official in Atlanta’s latest announcement.
In case you missed it, yesterday it was reported that d-line coach Jay Rodgers was leaving Chicago to join the Los Angeles Chargers. The move hasn’t been announced by L.A. yet, but he’ll either continue working with the defensive line or move into the coordinator role.
EDIT: Adam Hoge, from NBC Sports Chicago, is reporting that Rodgers role with the Chargers is likely to be as a defensive run game coordinator.
The Chargers are also planning to interview Jonathon Gannon for their defensive coordinator opening according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Bears have already met with Gannon and there’s also some that think he could be an option in Atlanta.
The other three coaches the Bears met with or have requested to meet with for their vacant defensive coordinator role, James Bettcher, George Edwards, and Mike Singletary, are still in play for the job.
The Detroit Lions are hiring Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn as their new defensive coordinator. Josina Anderson is reporting that he notified the Bears of his decision, so it’s possible he either had an interview set up with Chicago or already had one.
Some still believe that if the Bears stay internal for their next defensive coordinator it’ll be safeties coach Sean Desai.
To all my Bears peeps. This is what I said on Thursday (and still agree now) about Sean Desai. If you wanna get back to the 2018 level, he’s your best best.. pic.twitter.com/UVRamrsdWG— Sam Acho (@TheSamAcho) January 19, 2021
Desai has been with the Bears since the Marc Trestman era, so he’s managed to work with three different head coaches and three different defensive coordinators.
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