Bears Lose Another Defensive Coach, Add Another Spot to Fill for Nagy
Just 9 days losing his defensive coordinator to retirement, Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears will have to fill yet another open coaching vacancy on the defensive side of the ball that will need to be addressed quickly. Defensive line coach, Jay Rodgers, who has been with the team since 2015, was announced yesterday as leaving Chicago to reunite with former Bears outside linebackers coach, Brandon Staley, who was just hired on as the Los Angeles Chargers new head coach.
Rodgers had presumably been the top internal choice to replace Pagano as Chicago’s defensive coordinator for the 2021 season since Pagano announced his retirement on January 12. Simply put, Matt Nagy took too long, and Rodgers got away. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune writes of the news, and that Rodgers’ new role in LA was not specified, but the likely position is the also vacant defensive coordinator position on Staley’s staff.
Cam Ellis of NBC Sports Chicago writes that Chicago’s search for their next defensive coordinator now shifts focus onto names such as their own safeties coach, Sean Desai as well as external options: Jonathan Gannon (Colts defensive backs coach), George Edwards (Cowboys defensive assistant), James Bettcher (Former Cardinals and Giants defensive coordinator), and finally former Chicago Bear, Mike Singletary.