NFC Notes: Bears, Packers, Rams


New Bears DC Chuck Pagano said Thursday that he’s not interested in being a head coach again, despite interviewing with the Packers and Broncos a few weeks ago.

“I’m not. I’ve done it,” Pagano said, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN. “I’m motivated to just help coach Matt Nagy be successful. Help this organization be successful. Help these kids grow and develop. That’s my motivation is to be the best I can be for this organization, for the McCaskey family, for coach Nagy and for these players and for these coaches and help develop these guys. That’s the only thing I want to do.

  • According to Pagano, his new job with the Bears is an “opportunity of a lifetime.” (David Haugh)
  • Pagano added that he plans to build off of the system the Bears have had in place: “To throw everything out and start anew would not be very smart on my part.” (David Haugh)


  • The Green Bay The Packers announced Thursday that they’ve officially hired three assistant coaches including Kirk Olivadotti (inside linebackers), Justin Outten (tight ends) and Adam Stenavich (offensive line).
  • Tom Silverstein reports that the Packers have talked to Giants assistant about a potential special teams coaching position.


  • Rams K Greg Zuerlein did not participate in Wednesday’s practice due to a left foot injury and was seen in a walking boot on Monday. (Lindsey Thiry)
  • On Thursday, Rams HC Sean McVay said of Zuerlein: “He really just had a foot strain.” (Myles Simmons)
  • McVay added that the issue involves Zuerlein’s plant foot and they don’t expect that this will keep him out of the Super Bowl.

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