David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Phil Rogers (MLB.com) and J.J. Stankevitz (NBCSportsChicago.com) join Kap on the panel. The guys react to Matt Nagy’s introductory press conference and discuss if Vic Fangio will return. Plus what should Bulls fans expect from Zach LaVine’s Bulls debut on Saturday.
Ed Donatell indeed will follow Vic Fangio to Denver, with the now-former Bears defensive backs coach signing on to be the Broncos’ defensive coordinator on Tuesday.
Broncos have reached agreement with Ed Donatell to be their next defensive coordinator, per source. Done Deal. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 16, 2019
Donatell was Fangio’s defensive backs coach from 2011-2018 with the San Francisco 49ers and Bears, and in Chicago was credited with the All-Pro development of cornerback Kyle Fuller and safety Eddie Jackson. His contract with the Bears expired after the 2018 season, so the Bears were unable to block him from interviewing for the Broncos’ defensive coordinator gig.
As things stand on Tuesday, only one defensive assistant from 2018 will remain with the team: Defensive line coach Jay Rodgers. Outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley took the same position under Fangio in Denver, while inside linebackers coach Glenn Pires and assistant defensive backs coach/safeties coach Roy Anderson will not return, too:
Add another one: I'm told LBs coach Glenn Pires will not return. https://t.co/dxHkcLgYES— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 15, 2019
These departures aren’t surprising given Fangio said last week he hoped to bring some of his assistants from Chicago to Denver, while newly-hired defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano likely will want to bring in some of his own coaches in the coming weeks.
The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs reported the Bears may consider Rob Ryan, the son of Buddy Ryan and longtime defensive coach, to replace Staley as outside linebackers coach. Ryan and Pagano worked together when Ryan was the Oakland Raiders’ defensive coordinator in the mid-2000s, and he would come with at least one player endorsement:
Rob Ryan— akiem hicks (@The_Dream99) January 13, 2019
Meanwhile, rumors have swirled since Pagano’s hiring last Friday that he could bring Ed Reed — the sure-fire Hall of Fame safety with whom Pagano worked at the University of Miami and with the Baltimore Ravens — in as an assistant. Reed and Pagano are coaching together in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this week in Los Angeles, with Pagano a head coach and Reed a defensive coordinator in the college showcase All-Star game.
I need to clear somethings up, I’m with Coach a Pagano now. We are Coaching NFLPA collegiate Bowl no talks. Lol https://t.co/YWNRKoFrAE— Ed Reed (@TwentyER) January 14, 2019
One of the Bears defensive assistant coaches is officially following Vic Fangio to his new team.
The Denver Broncos announced outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley will take the same position under his old defensive coordinator.
The Chicago Tribune had reported Staley was not expected to remain in Chicago, and the team evidently allowed him to make a lateral move to continue on with Fangio.
However, it appears Denver wasn’t the only team interested in Staley’s services.
NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero reports that the Green Bay Packers had also requested an interview with the outside linebackers coach, and the Bears denied it.
Staley joined the Bears in 2017 after three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Division-III John Carroll University in Ohio.
He helped coach Khalil Mack to another Pro Bowl season in 2018 while aiding in the development of Leonard Floyd, who the Bears plan to bring back for the optional fifth year on his contract.
Staley is the first defensive assistant coach who has been officially announced as not returning under new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.