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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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Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:04 pm
 

Chuck Pagano will be hired as next Colts coach

"Damn. sorry to see him go.

Well, more signs pointing towards manning on the way out, hiring a defense minded Head Coach. "


Why would you need an offensive Head Coach when you have number 18, if anything this is a sign he is staying put.




Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:03 pm
 

Chuck Pagano will be hired as next Colts coach

Colts and Raiders both hire DC with one year experience as Coordinator and expect them to produce as HC in first year.  In 2009 10 HCs hired from assistant ranks DC/OC, 8 are no longer in that job.  Mangini was only one with HC experience and he's gone.  All of the BB NEstaff bombed as HCs NFL and NCAA.

The NFL is a me too league, the GMs keep hiring people they know because they don't want conflict - yet the best coaches are going to give the GM some grief at some point in their relationship.  Great GMs live with the conflict and learn how to work with it, Ozzie Newsome is a prime example.

Good luck Colts and Raider fans - LOL! 



Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:58 pm
 

Chuck Pagano will be hired as next Colts coach

Thank goodness, we need a defensive minded coach.  Manning (or Luck) have the offense covered. 



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Chuck Pagano will be hired as next Colts coach

Let's count:

Marvin Lewis, Jack Del Rio, Mike Nolan, Rex Ryan, and now Chuck Pagano.

All Ravens DC's or defensive coaches that are/were HC's. 

Anyone I'm missing?



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:48 pm
 

It's amazing how many coaching jobs Ray Lewis has

helped people land.  The number of coaches on the defensive side of the ball for the Ravens in the last 10 years is staggering.

I hope they're paying Ray some of the headhunter fees.  33% of first year salary is standard.



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:48 pm
 

Chuck Pagano will be hired as next Colts coach

Damn. sorry to see him go.

Well, more signs pointing towards manning on the way out, hiring a defense minded Head Coach. 


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