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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
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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 26, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

But how many people picked Pagano in the Twitter contest?



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:46 pm
 

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

If Peyton Manning cannot play and he will make that choice then why not hire Peyton Manning to be the offensive coordinator?  That makes the most sense there is.  Why cut him loose and not even give him a chance to play or see if he can play?

I dont understand all the people that want or think the Colts should just dump Manning and not even see if he can play.  He has missed 1 season for an injury.  Other than that he hadnt missed a game.  And hes only 35.  Why do people think he is about at the end of his career?  He throws the football he has never been a runner.  His passing ability hasnt gotten worse and until he has shown he cannot complete passes why not have him play?  He could easily play until hes in his 40s because of the fact his best asset is reading defenses.  You can do that at 40 and you can still throw the ball at 40 too. 




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:36 pm
 

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

All things good in Indianapolis have to come from Baltimore? wow.
Says a lot for taste, explains even more about the lack of it.

I am bitter. My answer to the Irsay question was Peyton Manning. See, Archie wants to be the coach he never was, or could be...so naturally, one of the 2 has to be a head coach.

Since the sun rises and sets upon the commands of Archie...well, you know...

All joking aside? Great hire, just the kind of coach they need. Can deal with difficult spoiled a$$holes very well, no nonsense. Good creative mind with the defense as a value position, not just a necessary evil...

Good luck in Indianapolis last stop before being able to coach in a real city... 



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:33 pm
 

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

LOVE the hire. Pagano has great energy and charisma. He's been working under Harbaugh for a few years. Has a great resume of success with terrible teams like Oakland and Cleveland. This team needs to bring in a good Offensive Coordinator and the staff should be pretty much set.

Also, people arguing that he is a no-name are just unintelligent. Mike Tomlin was a no name. Look how that turned out. Wade Phillips was a big name. Look how that turned out.



Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:27 pm
 

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

Hop on a mayflower truck and come on over Chuck!



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:27 pm
 

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

Honestly, if the plan really is to go for Luck, I'd have gone for an offense-minded coach.  Luck, for all his skill, is still going to have the same learning curve as every other rookie, and I've seen the damage a "eh, who cares about the offense?" approach can have on a young QB (Alex Smith).  The Colts had better hire a darned good OC to help along Luck; it's not exactly a 100% guarantee he'll pan out, regardless of what people say.
I'm actually thinking quite the opposite.  If the Colts draft and sign Andrew Luck (as most of us are expecting), his mentor/coach is already on the sidelines wearing #18.  Unlike a number of great players, I honestly believe that Peyton Manning is intelligent and articulate enough that he's going to be able to explain what he does as a QB, why he does it, what he sees when he looks over the defensive line, and so on.

Seriously, who do you want coaching up your #1 QB pick and leader of the offense for the next decade, some 40+ year-old coach who hasn't seen a snap in a decade but he's really good with X's & O's or Peyton Manning?  For me that's a no-brainer.  Peyton gets one year to coach the kid up and then is sayonara for wherever Peyton wants to land.  He writes his own ticket. 



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:23 pm
 

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

I agree with ya dude, HC doesnt matter, Peyton played for Dungy who was a defensive genius with the Bucs. It all comes down to the teams OC and they system he brings in.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

Chuck who?



Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

The head coach doesn't matter for a QB. How did Cam Newton do with defensive minded Ron Rivera?



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:07 pm
 

Chuck Pagano as next Colts coach

Honestly, if the plan really is to go for Luck, I'd have gone for an offense-minded coach.  Luck, for all his skill, is still going to have the same learning curve as every other rookie, and I've seen the damage a "eh, who cares about the offense?" approach can have on a young QB (Alex Smith).  The Colts had better hire a darned good OC to help along Luck; it's not exactly a 100% guarantee he'll pan out, regardless of what people say.


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