Bears Facing More Changes On Defensive Staff

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears are prepared for the possibility of losing multiple assistants on their defensive staff, with perhaps two coaches heading to Denver and joining Vic Fangio's staff.

Bears defensive backs coach Ed Donatell, whose contract with the team has expired, could become Fangio's choice as the Broncos' defensive coordinator. He will interview for that job this week, according to Mike Klis of 9News in Denver.

"We’re working through that process right now," Bears coach Nagy said Monday afternoon during a season-ending press conference. "There’s a possibility (Donatell returns). But he was out of contract, so he has a decision to make.

"I have a ton of respect for him, and it’s mutual between both of us. We’re working through that."

The Bears interviewed Donatell last Thursday for their defensive coordinator that opened when Fangio left to become the Broncos' head coach. But Friday afternoon, they interviewed former Colts coach Chuck Pagano and hired him that evening to fill the position.

Asked specifically about other changes to his coaching staff, Nagy responded that the Bears are still working through those details. The team won't retain outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley and assistant defensive backs coach Roy Anderson, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Staley will interview to become the Broncos' outside linebackers coach this week, per reports. He was hired to the Bears under then-coach John Fox in January 2017 and was retained along with the rest of Fangio's coaching staff last winter. Staley was a key figure in getting star outside linebacker Khalil Mack acclimated to the organization after Mack was acquired by trade one week before the regular-season opener in September.

Anderson was also hired by the Bears in January 2017 and retained along with Fangio's staff. He primarily worked with the team's safeties alongside the defensive backs coach Donatell.

In 2018, the Bears led the league in surrendering only 17.7 points per game.

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