Chuck Pagano Named New Head Coach Of The Colts

Former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator takes over in Indianapolis.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

In the 16 years that the Baltimore Ravens have been in existence, they've had five different defensive coordinators.  Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Mike Nolan (49ers), and Rex Ryan (Jets) all moved on to head coaching jobs in the NFL and have combined for a 114-128-1 record over 16 cumulative seasons respectively.  And when you're coaching players like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs among many other star quality defensive players, it's really easy to look good.

Well now you can add Chuck Pagano to that list.  Pagano accepted the vacant head coaching position formerly held by Jim Caldwell who was fired shortly after the Colts suffered a 2-14 season.  Chuck Pagano's fiery and uptempo personality will be a welcome change from the laid back personalities of the last two Indianapolis head coaches.  When asked about his former coordinator, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said "Chuck is unorthodox, he's like the Joker. You never really expect what he's going to do, and everything has a motive."

Pagano will lead the rebuilding effort along with owner Jim Ersay and General Manager Ryan Grigson.  Most experts speculate that Pagano will bring in a defensive coordinator who would implement the same 3-4 hybrid defense used in Baltimore as opposed to the Tampa 2 defense that has been a staple in Indy since Tony Dungy took the reins in 2002.  Expect to see a conservative offensive coordinator be brought in to aid in the development of quarterback Andrew Luck, whom it is widely believed the Colts will take with the #1 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

With the massive personnel changes that will most likely need to be made to fit the new schemes, it only makes sense to see the Colts trade or release QB Peyton Manning and free up the $30-40 million dollars that would be due to him in order to use that money to help re-build this franchise.

Terms of Pagano's contract have not yet been released.