It won’t include Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
According to league sources on Tuesday the ownership McCaskey family decided to continue on with both Nagy and Pace. The team has made the playoffs two of the last three seasons and has not had a losing regular season under Nagy. The Bears were 8-8 each of the last two years and in 2018 won the NFC North at 12-4.
They have yet to win a playoff game since Nagy became coach and Pace became the general manager, and lost Sunday’s game in New Orleans 21-9.
So presumably Pace will be in charge of the 2021 draft. The Bears are selecting 20th in the first round. It’s their first time picking in Round 1 since the 2018 draft because they traded away two first-round picks for Khalil Mack.
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Pace promised when drafted to at least pursue drafting a quarterback every year and after six drafts the selection of Mitchell Trubisky is the only quarterback he has drafted. Trubisky’s status for 2021 will be a key point of debate in coming weeks as he is slated to be a free agent after the team decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on his deal.
Pace was the general manager three years before hiring Nagy and the Bears were 14-34 then under coach John Fox. The Fox hiring was largely viewed as one made more with Pace in tow and management or ownership in favor of it.
Nagy has a 5-1 record within the NFC North against both Detroit and Minnesota in three seasons but has found the Green Bay Packers to be the same stumbling block they’ve been for most Bears coaches since Mike Ditka. They are 1-5 against the Packers, the lone win being the clincher for their division title at Soldier Field in 2018.
Nagy was hired from Kansas City as an offensive coordinator and labeled an offensive guru. His offenses in Chicago have finished 21st, 29th and 26th in yards gained.
Pagano took over as Bears defensive coordinator after Vic Fangio was hired by the Denver Broncos as head coach following the 2018 season, and the Bears dropped off somewhat each season on defense.
They were third in the league in yardage allowed under Fangio in 2018 but were eighth last year and finished 11th this season.
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