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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, 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: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:03 pm
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Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:35 pm

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

A new style D,a welcomed change,heck any D in Iny ( noD) is a plus.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:14 pm

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

It's well known that Manning runs practices and calls the offense on the field after they break the huddle. Just make him the first player/coach in 50-60 years. $28 mil. should just about cover that.

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:45 pm

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

Why Don't you hire Peyton Manning as OC? Let's see. How about he has never held any coaching position. How about you don't pay a guy 28 million to be your OC. How about there are millions waiting to go into TV when he retires. I don't understand these guys that keep asking this. How about the Ray Lewis one, player/defensive coordinator. Brilliant. I am sure the Ravens are all over that one to. Great players don't always make great coaches. In fact most of the time they don't. Why the headache when there are millions to be made. The guys who become the coaches (most of the time, not always) are the mid level guys. They don't have anything else but the game and coaching is the way to continue to make a living. The next hire will be OC. I don't know who it is but I am pretty sure it ain't Peyton Manning.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:34 pm

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

While your at it , take Cam Cameron too.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:11 pm

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

are the Colts going to be crazy enough to hire Tressell as the OC?<br />

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:05 pm

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

The people of Baltimore should used to people skipping town and heading to Indy. At least Pagano left while the sun was up.....

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:01 pm

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

Colts get a defensive side of the ball coach. Now if only they had some sembalance of a d for him to coach. If they want luck fine take him,but every single other draftpick should be on the d side of the ball. They could start 90 percent rookies and be better on d than last couple of years.

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:52 pm

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

the hiring of pagano tell me if manning is healthy he is a colt. the D needs work, there is no depth whatsoever. there is no running back on the roster that can carry an offense for a rookie qb.

we all know manning can turn chicken crap to chicken salad. he doesnt need an all pro at skilled positions to succeed on O. take 2010 for instance he willed 10 wins from a team that should have won maybe 6. he did so with the names javaris james, white, tamme, not to mention all the injuries on D. so if your looking to revamp the d you dont go with luck you trade the pick for a kings ransom. get qb down the line to learn from manning and go from there  

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:11 pm

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

Indy is a great city, Baltimore is certainly no better!

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