Sources tell FootballScoop the Bears are exploring hiring new Kansas State defensive coordinator Ted Monachino.

Monachino is a longtime NFL coach, who served as the defensive coordinator for Chuck Pagano with the Colts in 2016-17, and the two also coached together in Baltimore, where Pagano served as defensive coordinator and Monachino coached the linebackers.

The Bears recently announced the addition of Pagano as their new defensive coordinator. Pagano steps in for Vic Fangio, who left for the head coaching job with the Broncos.

New Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman announced the addition of Monachino, who spent last season in a senior defensive analyst role at Missouri, as his defensive coordinator back in late December.

At this time we are not aware of a deal being in place; but we understand the Bears are hopeful.

Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.


Update> Riley Gates of GoPowercat.com is now confirming Monachino is leaving to join the Bears staff.