(670 The Score) The Bears promoted assistant coach Sean Desai to be their new defensive coordinator, filling a major void on coach Matt Nagy's staff.
The promotion of Desai, which was first reported by NFL Media on Friday afternoon, gives the Bears their replacement for Chuck Pagano, who retired after a 36-year coaching career last week.
"He is a person of high football intelligence, extremely detail-oriented, has a very strong work ethic and I cannot think of someone more deserving to lead our defense," Nagy said in a statement.
Desai, 37, has been with the Bears since 2013, when he was hired to the team's defensive staff by then-coach Marc Trestman. He worked as a quality control assistant from 2013-'18 before being promoted to safeties coach in 2019.
The Bears also interviewed former Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, former Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher, Colts defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon and Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary for their defensive coordinator position, according to reports.
Former Bears linebacker Sam Acho praised the team's decision to promote Desai.
The Bears have filled the most important vacancy on their staff with Desai's hiring but still have multiple voids. Passing game coordinator Dave Ragone left to become offensive coordinator of the Falcons, and running backs coach Charles London is joining him. Defensive line coach Jay Rodgers has also reportedly accepted a role on the Chargers' coaching staff.
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