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Monachino joins Bears as defensive assistant


Bears coach Matt Nagy has hired Ted Monachino as senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach.

Monachino will be reunited with new Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano after the two coached together with the Ravens (2010-11) and Colts (2016-17).

Monachino served as Pagano's defensive coordinator in Indianapolis for two years (2016-17). Prior to that, he spent six seasons with the Ravens, coaching outside linebackers (2010-11) and linebackers (2012-15).

In Monachino's first year in Baltimore in 2010, the Ravens allowed the third fewest points in the NFL and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was voted to the Pro Bowl after leading the team with 11.0 sacks. In 2011, Suggs was named the NFL defensive player of the year, first-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler after leading the AFC with a career-high 14.0 sacks and topping the NFL with seven forced fumbles.

In 2012, Monachino coached a linebacking unit that helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl with a 34-31 victory over the 49ers. In 2014, linebacker C.J. Mosley became the first rookie in Ravens history to be named to the Pro Bowl.

Before joining the Ravens, Monachino spent four seasons as defensive line coach with the Jaguars from 2006-09.

He most recently served as a senior defensive analyst at his alma mater, Missouri, during the 2018 season. Last month he was hired as Kansas State's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach before accepting a position with the Bears.

Monachino also has 11 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, working as a defensive graduate assistant at TCU (1996-97), defensive line coach at James Madison (1998), outside linebackers coach at Missouri State (1999), defensive line coach at Boise State (2000) and defensive line coach at Arizona State (2001-05).

At Arizona State, Monachino helped develop Suggs, who set the NCAA single-season record for sacks (24.0) and tackles-for-loss (31.5) in 2002 en route to winning the Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the best defensive player in the nation, the Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman and the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10's top lineman.