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INDIANAPOLIS -- Terrell Suggs has played for several great defensive coordinators during his nine-year Ravens career, the most recent one lasting just a season before landing a head-coaching job. The Colts hired Chuck Pagano last month to replace Jim Caldwell and rebuild a franchise that, after losing Peyton Manning for the year to a neck injury, fell to 2-14.
Pagano has been busily assembling his coaching staff, and Saturday night, Suggs, in Indianapolis to accept the Defensive Player of the Year Award at the inaugural NFL Awards Show, spoke about Pagano.
"I kind of predicted it Week 1 because I knew the defense that we had and I knew what kind of coach he was and how he was calling the game," Suggs told the media. "He definitely deserves it -- I'm sad to see him go because of things we did this year. I just wish we got the opportunity to see what we'd do next year, with him having a second year of experience under his belt being a defensive coordinator.
"But the world decided he didn't need anymore experience and it was his time to go and be a head coach (in Indianapolis)," he said. "He's going to do some great things and he definitely has the weapons to do it."
One of those weapons will be the Colts' yet-to-be-determined quarterback. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is apparently infatuated with Peyton Manning, who is still recovering from multiple neck surgeries. And the Colts hold the first-overall pick, which they will undoubtedly use on a quarterback. The only question is if it will be Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.
The Ravens, meanwhile, have named linebackers coach Deen Pees as Pagano's replacement. He'll join Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan and Rex Ryan as coaches who have served as Baltimore's defensive coordinator.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to be a defensive coordinator for anybody in this league,” Pees said two weeks ago. “But it’s especially humbling to be one for Ravens. . . . The tradition of this defense will continue, and it will flourish and it will get even better.”
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It certainly helps to have the Defensive Player of the Year on the roster.
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