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Sean Desai named new Bears Defensive Coordinator

The Chicago Bears promoted Sean Desai from safeties coach to defensive coordinator on Friday. This news comes after former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano’s retirement nine days prior.

Desai is a long time member of the Bears coaching staff. He joined the team in 2013 as a quality control assistant. He stayed in that role up until 2019, when he was promoted to safeties coach.

Before joining the Bears, Desai coached at Temple University. He worked as both a defensive and special teams coordinator at Temple, displaying his versatility. During his time with the Owls, Temple experienced much success, including a school-record eight defensive players being named to the All-MAC team in 2009.

Desai also spent one year coaching at the University of Miami as the assistant director of football operations and at Boston College as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach.

Desai is an interesting and popular hire for the Chicago Bears. He is experienced in Chicago, being the only remaining Bears coach from the Marc Trestman era. Despite some solid years under Chuck Pagano, the hope is that Desai can return the defense to its dominance in 2018. He will be using the same defensive scheme and gameplan as Vic Fangio, Chicago’s defensive coordinator that year.

Desai will be inheriting one of the best defenses in all of football. If he can restore it to its former glory, the Bears will have a much better chance of being contenders.



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