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Bears to Retain Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy in 2021, Chuck Pagano Will Retire

An update on where things stand at Halas Hall.
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According to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears will retain head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace for the 2021 season.

This is a question that Bears fans have been debating all season, but we seemingly have our answer.

What might be the biggest surprise, however, is the status of defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Pagano has decided to retire.

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There's no telling if the Bears were going to retain him for next season. Nagy brought Pagano in to serve as his defensive coordinator in 2019 after Vic Fangio left to become the head coach of the Broncos.

Prior to Pagano’s hiring in 2018, the Bears finished first in defensive points allowed. They began to nosedive since then, dropping to fourth in 2019 and 14th in 2020.

Pagano will call it quits after a 26-year coaching career, including nine seasons in the NFL.

While it's likely the end of the line in Chicago for likely many notable players, Nagy and Pace enter what will undoubtedly be the most important offseason of their tenure. Many questions still remain unanswered at Halas Hall.