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Bears tab Sean Desai as new defensive coordinator after eight seasons in Chicago

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The Chicago Bears didn’t have to search far to find their new defensive coordinator. In fact, the Bears chose their longest-tenured staff member. On Friday night, the Bears officially named former safeties coach Sean Desai as their new defensive coordinator. Desai, who has been with the franchise since 2013, will replace Chuck Pagano after he retired from coaching earlier this month. 

Desai spent the past two seasons as Chicago’s safeties coach. Before that, he served as the team’s defensive quality control coach. Last season, the Bears boasted the league’s 12th-best pass defense. Chicago was also eighth in the NFL in third down efficiency and fifth in red zone efficiency. Tashaun Gipson, Chicago’s starting free safety, finished the season in a tie for the team lead in interceptions. Strong safety Eddie Jackson, a Pro Bowler the previous two seasons, set career highs in tackles (82) and forced fumbles (three) during the 2020 season. The success of their backfield helped the Bears clinch a playoff berth for the second time in Matt Nagy’s three seasons as coach. 

Desai, 37, began his coaching career in 2006, when he was named the defensive and special teams coach at