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Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:28 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:17 pm
 


By Will Brinson


Chuck Pagano only spent one season as an NFL coordinator with the Ravens, but it was enough to land him a head-coaching gig with the Indianapolis Colts, CBSSports.com Mike Freeman confirmed Wednesday.

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The team since announced the news and will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday.

"It's difficult to leave the Ravens but I couldn't pass up on this great opportunity," Pagano said in a statement released by the team. "I'm just thrilled and so excited."

The news, as first reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, means that the Colts have now almost completely re-booted their organization.

Pagano took over as the Ravens defensive coordinator in 2011 when Greg Mattison left to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan. Pagano had previously been the Ravens secondary coach for two years after a season as the University of North Carolina's defensive coordinator under Butch Davis.

It was Davis who gave Pagano his first gig in the NFL, when he left Miami University to become the secondary coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2001.

Pagano becomes the latest in a long line of folks working on the Baltimore defense to leave for a head-coaching gig in the NFL.

He also becomes yet another defensive-minded coach to take over the Colts, coming directly after Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell. Pagano, however, isn't from the "Tampa 2" school, and is likely to shift the defense to a 3-4 style, a la what the Ravens run.

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Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:29 am
 

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

People thought Wayne Gretzky would make a great coach.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:52 am
 

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

 I wish the new coach the best, but this place is a mess!  It wouldn't surprise me if they did release Manning (which deep down he probably is hoping), and have anew coach, GM, and just about everything for the most part.  Granted they get the prize of the Stanford stud, but they need a lot more than that.  It looks like a long rebuilding process to me.  If it were me I would keep Manning and try and draft down and get several picks to make this team better right now!  Unfortunatly no one from Indy has called me and asked my opinion! lol.  Good luck with this and do what is best for Peyton, he deserves it!



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:47 am
 

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

Personally, I think Peyton would make a good Coach.  I am a Manning fan except when playing the Titans.  I think that when Manning retires he will go into Broadcasting.  He has the personality for it and it is a lot less pressure and probably equal or better money than coaching



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:45 am
 

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

Chuck, Don't revamp the defense too much before Jake Locker gets a chance to shred your secondary.  I am looking forward to a continued competitive rivalry between the Titans and the Colts.  Just hoping the Titans come out on top!



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:37 am
 

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach



 Peyton is too selfish to train someone to take his place.  



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:32 am
 

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

Peyton is 1 hit away from being a lifetime cripple, As far as being an OC, not many star players can coach. Trade manning for draft picks and get wr and defense.


ALFIwantsout
Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:23 pm
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Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:16 pm
 

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

A Chiefs fan says "Good Luck, Chuck!"


talllonggirl
Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:30 pm
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Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:07 pm
 

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

That is a great hire by the Colts.


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