Promote Jay Rodgers to be the Chicago Bears next defensive coordinator
Jay Rodgers has served for the Chicago Bears as their defensive line coach since January of 2015 and he has been outstanding at his job for the Bears since joining them. He has seen both the positives of Fangio and the negatives of Pagano to be able to develop a solid defensive scheme.
Rodgers has vast experience in the NFL as he has 11 years of experience in the NFL. He served as the Broncos defensive line coach for three seasons before joining the Bears as well. Everywhere he has been, he has developed a solid defensive line that can not only stop the run but also can rush the passer.
Every year, it seems Rodgers develops a solid defensive lineman or makes players play much better here in Chicago. As of recently, he helped Akiem Hicks reach his first Pro Bowl. He additionally developed Bilal Nichols and Roy Robertson-Harris. Rodgers has gotten a lot out of his backups as well such as Brent Urban and Mario Edwards Jr.
It remains to be seen if he would be ready to take the next step as a defensive coordinator, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring him in for an interview. He clearly has done amazing work stopping the run as a defensive line coach over the years and has been an integral part of this solid Bears’ defense for years now.