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Another tough loss for Ravens

Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:48 pm
Baltimore's loss is Indianapolis' gain.

When I called a source within the Ravens Wednesday and asked how he was doing he didn't sound so good.

"I assume you're calling about Chuck Pagano," he said.

I was.

"When guys here found out," he said, "they were devastated."

I can see why. Pagano did a terrific job with the Ravens' defense this year, an outfit that allowed the fewest offensive touchdowns (21) of anyone out there and ranked third overall. The Ravens always have been tough defensively, but they were especially tough this season -- holding Tom Brady last weekend to no touchdown passes for the first time in 19 straight playoff games.

Maybe that sold the Colts. Or maybe it was Pagano's "presence" that some people talk about. All I know is that he did a credible job with one of the league's best units. And he did a remarkable job against the league's best quarterback, with Baltimore intercepting Brady twice and holding the Patriots to two TDs.

My only question: Is this too much too soon? It was only a year ago that Pagano was promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator. Now he's a head coach of a very successful franchise. That's a huge jump in one season, and it'll become bigger once we know what happens to Peyton Manning.

The smart money is on Manning not returning to Indianapolis, which means the Colts are in rebuilding mode -- starting with the draft of quarterback Andrew Luck. That will buy Pagano time. But the Colts have a decade of success built with Manning, so fans won't be overly patient.

One other question I had is what differentiates Pagano from, say, a Rex Ryan, who was hired away from Baltimore in 2008?

"He has a strong sense of self," one insider said. "He knows what to say and when to say it. Rex sometimes will say things that he doesn't really believe, but he says it because he's brash and people expect it."

I don't care what Pagano says. I just care what he does. Ryan went to conference championship games his first two years on the job, and that would work just fine for Indianapolis.

Pagano is not on the clock, with the honeymoon just starting. But that should last no more than a year. Then we find out what the Colts have in their new head coach.

Category: NFL

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:03 am

Another tough loss for Ravens

Good move by Pagano jumping ship now. It's always best to leave a ship just before it sinks and that tired old defense will be the definition of a sinking ship...and soon.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:00 am

Another tough loss for Ravens

Vdaddy-  umm, arent you a Browns fan?  you probably shouldnt be so quick to throw stones at other teams man.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:55 am

Another tough loss for Ravens

The negativity from some of you is baffling.  Nobody said Pagano was going to step in and start winning immediately.  In case you haven't caught anything coming out of the Colts organization lately, allow me to sum it up for you:  we are rebuilding.  Rome wasn't built in a day, a month, or even a year.  It's going to take time to get this team rebuilt and hopefully Mr. Grigson and Mr. Irsay are going to give Coach Pagano time to do it.  Who cares that the Colts don't have a 3-4 ready defense at this point in time?  The Ravens don't play a full 3-4 defense either.  It's a hybrid 4-3/3-4 defense.  With time and selecting the right players in the draft and free agency he could turn this defense into the same hybrid defense.  As far as Luck is concerned, the jury's out on this guy at this point.  He is a tremendous talent and has tons of upside.  Why the hell would the Colts pass on what appears to be such a sure-fire thing?  They wouldn't.  If you're starting an organization you want to have your franchise quarterback in place and build around him.  Luck is going to be fine.  He'll have his growing pains just like any other rookie quarterback.

Call me an optimist but I think the Colts made a wise hire.  The team may end up downtrodden for a couple of years but I think with Pagano and Luck they'll have a solid foundation to move forward with.  Oh, and not to mention that Peyton Manning might still be with the organization when its all said and done.  I'm not buying all this hype about Manning not being with Colts until I hear it from Mr. Irsay himself.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:25 am

Another tough loss for Ravens

Luck is the next Tim Couch.  Indy is bad, period. Wayne will leave, as well as, Garcon. They have no running game.  The offensive line is average at best.  The defense is poor.  Luck could be a great quarterback, just not with Indy.  You need the talent first before you pick Luck.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:19 am

Another tough loss for Ravens

Here in lies the problem. Pagano coaches 3-4 defense. The Colts have no nose tackle nor any large defensive ends. You can't make both Mathis and Freeney a linebacker. So it appears that the personnel he inherits does not fit his system. Terrible hire by the Colts. They would have been better off with Cheating Jim

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:56 pm

Another tough loss for Ravens

DC of the Baltimore Ravens might be the easiest coordinator spot in the league to least, that's what history suggests.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:45 pm

Another tough loss for Ravens


first luck and then add a tough defense...  this team will be back faster than you think. much faster 

i thought tressel was going to be their coach?  seems everything the media is predicting for the colts is not happening

robert mathis WILL be back and maybe even wayne now. im thrilled with this pick 

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:46 pm

Another tough loss for Ravens

Pagano did a great job as the defensive coordinator for the Ravens, but the Ravens management has always done a good job replacing DCs. I'd expect Clarence Brooks or Dean Pees to take over and do a good job, especially considering the amount of talent they have to work with on defense.

I understand the Colts going for a defensive coach, but I'm kind of surprised they chose someone with only one year experience as a DC. I'm kind of surprised they wouldn't rather wait a bit longer and nab Perry Fewell. While his Bills team might not have been great while he was the interim HC, he was trying to coach the Bills.

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