Byers DC Chuck Pagano issues statement after retirement


The Chicago Bears will be on the hunt following the official announcement of a new defensive coordinator that Chuck Pagano is retiring after 18 years of coaching in the NFL.

Pagano served as Chicago’s defensive coordinator from 2019-20, where he led a Bears defense that ranked in the top 10 in both years. Pagano replaced Vic Fangio, who became the head coach of the Denver Broncos after the 2018 season.

In two seasons under Pagano, the Beers defense finished fourth in the NFL in points allowed (18.6 per game) and eighth in yards (324.1) and 13th in points (23.0) in 2019 and in yards (347.3) in 2020. Ranked 11th.

Pagano released a statement through Shikagobiers.com, where he thanked the Bears organization, as well as the Indianapolis Colts organization, who supported him through his battle with leukemia.

Pagano said in a statement, “After 36 years of playing, the sport I love, I have decided to retire from the National Football League.”

“I would like to sincerely thank the Mackewski family, Ted Phillips, Ryan Pace and Matt Negi for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing organization. Also, many thanks to the Irsay family and the Colts organization. I am forever grateful to that community and they have always given me space both on and off the field for this support. I would like to thank all the coaches, players and staff throughout my career. Thank you will never be enough to express my gratitude.

“As much as I love coaching, it takes a lot of time from your family and loved ones. I am excited to start this new chapter of my life and cannot wait to be able to spend more time with my family. It is a wonderful ride and I have built countless relationships that I will cherish forever. “

Bears head coach Matt Negi also commented on Pagano’s retirement, noting that Pagano reported to him on Tuesday morning.

“I didn’t know Chuck before these two previous years,” Nagy said, “and what he has brought for us and what he has taught us – everyone here in our family is second to none. For that I have Coming in the morning and breaking the news for me and saying that it is time to call her career and she is leaving, he is sacrificed, his family sacrificed so much for him and now it is time for him to sacrifice. He is at total peace with it, and so I think you should thank him again for this and he is going to be a great grandfather and will enjoy that family time. “

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