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Bears Hire Former Colts Coach Chuck Pagano as New Defensive Coordinator

The Bears have hired former Colts coach Chuck Pagano as the team's new defensive coordinator, Chicago announced Friday.

Pagano, 58, will replace the Bears' former defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio, who was hired as the Denver Broncos head coach on Wednesday.

Chicago's defense led the league with 36 takeaways and 27 interceptions under Fangio. The team was also third in total defense, second in yards per play allowed and first in points allowed. The Bears' stout defense led them to the NFC Wild Card game Sunday, where they fell to the Eagles, 16–15, after a failed game-winning field goal attempt.