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Bears interviews defensive backs coach Ed Donatell for coordinator role; Chuck Pagano on the team radar

While Vic Fangio was introduced on Thursday as the head coach of the Broncos, the bear turned into motion to…

While Vic Fangio was introduced on Thursday as the head coach of the Broncos, the bear turned into motion to identify his replacement.

Coach Ed Donatell, who has been with Bears since 2015 when he came to the role of coach John Fox and Fangio, was interviewed Thursday according to a league source.

Donatell, 61, has been a coordinator twice in a long NFL coaching career that began in 1990 with the Jets. He is credited with developing one of the best defensive backfields in the league. Cornerback Kyle Fuller and Free Security Eddie Jackson was named to the All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams this season; veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara probably comes out of his best season; and nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan has evolved as an undrafted player into an unlimited free agent who will take a keen interest from Bears and other teams.

Bears led the NFL with 27 eavesdroppers, their most since 31

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Keeping Donatell would be the most seamless transition for coach Matt Nagy because none of the language would change and the book would remain the same. Donatell has worked with all assistants, so there would be little turnover.

The Bears are also very interested in meeting former Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who is reportedly mixed with several clubs. He could be No 1 out of goal for Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace.

A source said that the bears are driven to seek a quality candidate who runs a 3-4 schedule, even if they would not exclude anyone with a 4 -3 background. It is not considered a big issue because the defense is sincere in a three-man front in front of much less than a four-man front, since the modern NFL requires so much confidence in nickel and other subpackages.

Pagano, 58, has interviewed the panther, who has a leave for a secondary trainer, but can reorganize the titles of the staff with Ron Rivera who is defending again. Pagano set out this season but could have alternatives; Browns and Cardinals have also been reported to have an interest in him as a defensive coordinator.

Donatell comes out of contract with Bears, and if he is not marketed as a coordinator, there is a strong chance that he would leave to join Fangio’s Denver staff. With several teams seeking defensive coordinators, the Bears job stands out as the best in the league, so Nagy and Pace will not have trouble getting the candidates’ attention.

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