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
It’s National Hat Day – no better time to celebrate hat tricks in Chicago Blackhawks history.
There have been a combined total of 283 of them (263 in regular season, 20 in playoffs) since the franchise started up in the 1926-27 season.
95 different players have had at least one – including Gary Suter whose only hat trick with the Blackhawks came April 24, 1994 – in a playoff game.
The first hat trick in Blackhawks history was by George Hay on Feb. 19, 1927 – the 32nd game in franchise history. It was his only hat trick with the Blackhawks.
The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull had the most with 30 (28 in regular season, two in playoffs). He also holds the franchise record with four hat tricks in a single season, which he pulled off twice – 1959-60 as well as 1965-66. Stan Mikita is next with 16 career hat tricks (all in regular season).
On January 31, 1963, both Bobby Hull AND Stan Mikita (the first of Stan’s career) recorded a Hat Trick… one of seven times (six regular season, one in playoffs) that multiple Blackhawks tallied a hat trick in the same game. A pair of Blackhawks brothers – Max and Doug Bentley – each had a hat trick on Feb. 26, 1947. The last time a pair of Blackhawks scored three goals each was March 9, 2003 – Steve Sullivan and Eric Daze.
Of the 276 games in Blackhawks history in which a Blackhawks player had a hat trick, the Blackhawks have won 233, lost 30 and tied 13, including 7-0 when multiple Blackhawks accomplish the feat.
The youngest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick is Jeremy Roenick (19 years, 340 days) on Dec. 23, 1989. The oldest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick was Kenny Wharram (35 years, 267 days) on March 26, 1969.
Patrick Sharp is the only Blackhawks player to collect a hat trick on his birthday (Dec. 27, 2013).
Two Blackhawks have had a hat trick in a season opener
Bobby Hull Oct. 23, 1965
Brandon Saad Oct. 5, 2017
Three times a Blackhawks player had a hat trick in consecutive games (including once in the playoffs)
Doug Bentley March 28-30, 1944 (playoffs)
Stan Mikita Dec. 4-5, 1965
Brian Noonan Dec. 27-29, 1991 (he scored four in the second game)
Two Blackhawks had a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Final
Pit Martin May 10, 1973 vs. Canadiens
Dirk Graham June 1, 1992 vs. Penguins
Improbably, the Blackhawks lost both of these games.
Denis Savard has a franchise record three playoff hat tricks.
Bill Kendall’s hat trick on Dec. 17, 1933, were the first three goals of his NHL career.
Many Blackhawks have recorded a Hat Trick plus one (a four-goal game) but only one has had five. Grant Mulvey on Feb. 3, 1982.
How many hats have been thrown on the ice as a result of Blackhawks hat tricks? That we’ll never know, but hats off to all of the Blackhawks who, by scoring three or more goals in a game, have made this hat trick celebration necessary.