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Like the rest of you, the 15-7-0 is both sick of and wants so much more Ryan Lochte

Posted on 22 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football ELITE, 7 about football “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

“The ELITE 15″…

1. And after Week 8, we have a new Heisman Trophy frontrunner.

Which is partly because after being crowned “King of Football”, Geno Smith has gone missing. But it is much more because Kansas State’s Collin Klein picked up the scepter and RAN IT IN FOR FOUR TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST WVU.

Of course, the one he threw to Tyler Lockett was just the prettiest…

The Wildcats take over the “on pace for the BCS title game” role and Klein goes to the top of the Heisman list. West Virginia goes…

“BACK! BACK! BACK INTO THE WOODS!”

2. Christian Ponder is both the quarterback of a 5-2 football team and has a lovely girlfriend.

(His girlfriend is ESPN’s Samantha Steele. I guess this would have been more effective if you knew that in advance.)

Ponder was helped greatly in topping the Cards by RB Adrian Peterson who is might be? good again.

Also, Cards RB LaRod Stephens-Howling had over 100 yards and a TD, so that sound you here is EVERYONE switching William Powell for him in their leagues. That was the only good news for Arizona Sunday…well other than the news that they had surpassed Felix Baumgartner’s record for the longest freefall.

3. I know the Colts won, I just care significantly more about the fact that Chuck Pagano came home from the hospital.

But the highlight of the affair in Indianapolis was a Greg Little touchdown catch. Wait, I couldn’t have possibly said that right. It was a Greg Little touchdown catch.

And since he did that, Josh Gordon figured he’d make up for the normal output the Browns get from Greg Little…

Wow. And good for Coach Pagano. Now…does he have any advice for the guys he used to coach?

4. Navy should never stop making motivational videos.

It worked AGAIN this week before Navy came back to shock Big Ten foe Indiana in Annapolis. I understand why it works. These are REALLY good…

The Hoosiers are known for hoops, but there was greater basketball royalty on the Navy side Saturday…

5. Apparently coaching a team that never stops kicking ass makes Will Muschamp really angry.

(In fairness, Wyoming coach Dave Christensen last week was less than impressed. Language NSFW.)

South Carolina was in this one for awhile, at least right up until the first play…

ESPN’s College Gameday was in Gainesville Saturday, which lead to Lee Corso doing this…

(Corso later…)

And they introduced us to Tarin Moses, Gators cheerleader and girlfriend of UF QB Jeff Driskel. We should learn more…

Speaking of Driskel, this.

THIS sign was relevant since South Carolina was in town…

Elsewhere in the SEC, this.

6. And then the Patriots remembered that Rob Gronkowski played for them!

If you didn’t know this was a close game, the gifs would make you think this was a typical pathetic Jets effort in a blowout loss. There was Mark Sanchez kicking the ball out of the back of the endzone…

And Stephen Hill’s “what I had meant to do was…..” late in the 4th…

And then the game ended with a near perfect “Sanchez-ing”…

But before that there was actually a heck of a football game that featured two Gronk TD’s, including this one-which was awfully pretty…

Also, noted Drew Forrester mancrush Jim Nantz struggled at the end of this one…

7. And then Chris Johnson remembered that he was Chris Johnson!

He’s….ALIVE….

So do you NOT trade him to whatever team is in need of RB help? Or do you HAVE to trade him now because his value is greater?

Also, a nod to Bills WR Donald Jones, who went “Carlton Banks” creative for a dance that was WAY better than Gangnam Style in defeat…

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Ravens’ hearts with Pagano as he battles leukemia

Posted on 01 October 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Returning to their Owings Mills facility on Monday morning after a three-day respite, the Ravens were greeted with the solemn news of former defensive coordinator and current Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano being diagnosed with leukemia.

The 51-year-old will be hospitalized for the next six to eight weeks as he undergoes treatment

Spending last season as the Ravens defensive coordinator and the previous three seasons as the secondary coach, Pagano was popular in Baltimore and often described as a “players’ coach” similar to former defensive coordinator and current New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan. His energetic personality and work guiding the league’s third-ranked defense enticed the Colts to hire Pagano as their head coach just days after the Ravens’ loss in the AFC Championship game late January.

“He’s just one of the guys,” cornerback Lardarius Webb said. “He interacts with us just like he’s one of us, like he’s one of the teammates — not our coach. He’s just a likeable guy, always has a smile on his face. He’s always joking around, having a good time, enjoying work. While he always was serious about his job, but he was having fun with it. We love that.”

Coach John Harbaugh said he exchanged text messages with Pagano earlier in the day, sharing that the former Ravens assistant seemed upbeat about fighting the disease. Pagano also relayed a message to his defensive players about how he expects them to play, though Harbaugh would not disclose what the “forthright” comments were in reference to Baltimore’s defense that’s currently ranked 23rd in the league.

Former Ravens defensive players Tom Zbikowski, Cory Redding, and Brandon McKinney left via free agency this past off-season to join Pagano in Indianapolis.

“Chuck’s a fighter in every respect,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Chuck’s got that swagger. I’m completely confident that Chuck will go to work on this with the same enthusiasm he does [with] everything else in his life, and he’ll be victorious. We’ll be pulling for him and praying for him on that.”

Players have expressed immense respect for new defensive coordinator Dean Pees and his football intellect, but listening to members of the defense such as Ray Lewis and Suggs gush about their relationship with Pagano last season made it easy to understand how hard players would take the news about his illness.

Doctors are optimistic that Pagano will recover from acute myeloid leukemia, a disease in which the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells that interfere with healthy blood cells. Symptoms include weakness or fatigue, weight loss, and bleeding or easy bruising.

“A lot of guys, it hit our hearts this morning when we heard the news,” Webb said. “We just can’t believe it’s Chuck, one of ours. We know he’s a Colt, but he’s still one of us. We sent all of our heart and condolences to him. It hit us hard this morning.”

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Report: Former Ravens defensive coordinator and Colts head coach Pagano has leukemia

Posted on 01 October 2012 by Luke Jones

Former Ravens defensive coordinator and Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been hospitalized with leukemia, according to multiple reports Monday morning.

The illness is considered “very treatable’ as Pagano will be hospitalized for the next six weeks while undergoing treatment, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. The Colts had a bye in Week 4, but Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz reports Pagano had been complaining of unusual fatigue and went for blood workup during the bye week.

Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will serve as interim coach while Pagano focuses on treatment and recovery. The Colts have called a 10:30 a.m. press conference to offer more information about Acute promyelocytic leukemia, the form with which Pagano has been diagnosed.

In 2011, Pagano guided the league’s third-ranked defense in his only season as the defensive coordinator in Baltimore. Prior to that, the 51-year-old served three years as the Ravens secondary coach under John Harbaugh.

Wildly popular with his defensive players, Pagano often drew comparisons to former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan during his tenure in Baltimore.

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Ravens DE Jones working hard in positional battle

Posted on 26 July 2012 by Ryan Chell

If anyone on the Baltimore Ravens roster poised for a “breakout” year, think of no one else other than defensive end Arthur Jones.

Jones, the Ravens’ fifth-round pick of Syracuse in 2010, has spent much of the last two years playing understudy to the likes of Haloti Ngata and Cory Redding.

And with Redding following ex-defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis, a position on the Ravens starting defensive line appears Jones’ for the taking.

Jones joined Glenn Clark on “The Reality Check” to talk about his expanded role and extra responsibilities this season in an all-important third year for the lineman.

“I have a different mindset,” Jones said. “The last few years have definitely been a learning process.”

Jones has lined up at both inside at tackle and outside at end for defensive coordinators Greg Mattison and Chuck Pagano the past several years, and he again figures to continue to hold that “tweener” role for this year’s play-caller, Dean Pees.

Essentially, Jones says he’s compiled and learned a lot of information over his first two NFL seasons to give Pees as many options as possible on where to fit him on his defense.

“It’s really helped me figure out this defense with the different coordinators that we had and kind of find my niche on the team,” Jones said.

Jones started to show up on the radar last season-in which he appeared in 14 games for the Ravens, and started one.

He registered 20 tackles and toward the end of the season began to see more playing time and slowly became a threat in some games despite not having the stats to back it up.

Just ask Colt McCoy, who sprained his ankle last December thanks to a hit from the 6’3, 313 pounder.

That experience has definitely boosted his morale and enthusiasm going into the start of this week’s training camp at Owings Mills.

“You know I’ve just got to keep on improving my skills,” Jones said. “I feel more explosive, I feel more alive, it’s hard to explain.”

But, Jones is also going to have show some mental toughness. Despite his playing time from last year and growth, he will be in a camp-battle with second-year guy Pernell McPhee, who most likely will take the field on third-down with the job of simply chasing down the quarterback and earning accolades by piling up sacks.

McPhee-a fellow fifth-round pick-grabbed six of them in his rookie season.

Jones said that even if he doesn’t get those opportunities, he still guaranteed that you’ll hear his name called a lot more this season.

“A the end of the day it really doesn’t matter, me and him both are going to get a lot of playing time and you’re going to hear both our names on the announcement a lot with tackles, sacks, tackles for loss.”

Having been in this league for two years to wait his turn, Jones said he fully understands that you’re never not fighting for a spot, and the battle is only going to make this defense better by bringing the best out of he and McPhee.

“I know it’s going to be a great competition competing for a starting job,” Jones said. “Me and [McPhee] and our whole defense…we’ve just been working hard and grinding and it’s been nothing but positives this off-season.”

And he said he’s learned from three of the best in the business in All-Pros Ngata, Terrell Suggs, and his mentor from last season in Redding-whose position he will be stepping into mostly on first and second downs.

Or whenever or how much he is needed in any capacity or role.

“Backing up Haloti Ngata isn’t a bad thing for two years. Having a leader like that and a guy who’s a huge mentor- him and Cory Redding-to show me how to play this defense…you know I’ve been a student and these guys have been the masters.”

Jones laughed saying he couldn’t be in a better spot to learn from the Defensive Player of the Year.

Literally.

They moved my locker in the locker room next to Terrell Suggs so hopefully some of that good luck rubs off on me and a couple sacks fall in my lap,” Jones replied.

WNST thanks Arthur Jones for joining WNST and will be watching him ever so closely in training camp! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

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Former Ravens defensive tackle Brandon McKinney latest to bolt for Indianapolis

Posted on 05 April 2012 by Luke Jones

Reserve defensive tackle Brandon McKinney became the latest defensive player to leave the Ravens and join the Indianapolis Colts.

After spending the last four seasons in Baltimore, McKinney has agreed to a two-year deal to reunite with former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. McKinney is the third former Raven to join Pagano this offseason, joining defensive end Cory Redding and safety Tom Zbikowski as the Colts switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

The 28-year-old McKinney collected 37 tackles in 41 games with the Ravens. He made four starts in 2010 and was a regular contributor in the defensive line rotation.

There was no apparent push by the Ravens to attempt to re-sign the unrestricted free agent as they likely will try to get younger — and cheaper — at the position.

 

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Former Ravens safety Zbikowski joining Redding, Pagano in Indianapolis

Posted on 16 March 2012 by Luke Jones

Backup safety and kick returner Tom Zbikowski has reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

The fifth-year safety will be reunited with former Baltimore defensive coordinator and Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano, according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. Former Ravens defensive end Cory Redding signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract to join the Colts on Wednesday, making Zbikowski the second Baltimore player to follow his coordinator to Indianapolis.

Much like fellow reserve safety Haruki Nakamura, who signed a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers earlier in the day on Friday, Zbikowski’s departure is more about a desire to earn more playing time than it was about money. A third-round pick in the 2008 draft, Zbikowski made 14 career starts in his four seasons with the Ravens, including filling in for the first six games of the 2010 season while All-Pro safety Ed Reed was on the physically unable to perform list due to a hip injury.

Zbikowski began the 2011 season starting at strong safety opposite Reed before a concussion sidelined him for two games and he was replaced by Bernard Pollard. The former Notre Dame product became the team’s primary kick returner late in the season.

His departure now leaves special-teams contributor Emanuel Cook as the only reserve safety remaining from last season’s roster. The Ravens claimed Cook off waivers from the New York Jets in late November last season.

An Illinois native, Zbikowski will now have the opportunity to play closer to home as well as compete for a starting job in Indianapolis.

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Ravens free agents Grubbs, Redding taking visits elsewhere

Posted on 13 March 2012 by Luke Jones

Two Ravens free agents have already scheduled visits with other teams after failing to come to terms on new contracts prior to hitting the open market on Tuesday afternoon.

Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs has scheduled a Wednesday visit with the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple reports. With Saints guard Carl Nicks the top interior lineman on the open market and rumored to be heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Grubbs would be a suitable — and more affordable — replacement on the New Orleans offensive line.

Veteran defensive end Cory Redding was on his way to visit Chuck Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday evening, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. With Pagano targeting free agents from the defense he worked with as the Baltimore defensive coordinator in 2011, Redding would provide strong veteran leadership as well as a more affordable price than linebacker Jarret Johnson, who has also been rumored as a potential target for Indianapolis.

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Your Monday Reality Check-We’d Be Defensive And We’d Be Wrong

Posted on 05 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

I’ll just say this up front and deal with the consequences of the comment at some other.

I know-as a fact-that at least one high profile Baltimore Ravens player has been involved with a “Pay For Play” scheme of some sort. That discovery was confirmed to me by both a current and former teammate.

This column isn’t about the details of that revelation, as I have not found the details to be particularly newsworthy. If that changes in the future, I will fully accept the responsibility of sharing them publicly. Instead I bring the note up only to make it known that such schemes are not so particularly unique and it is easy for others around the game of football to offer perspective and commentary.

I also share this to set the tone for an answer to a question asked many times since the “Bountygate” saga surrounding the New Orleans Saints and former Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams broke days ago.

“How would we react if it had been the Ravens?”

The question has been asked in the face of sharp criticism levied in the direction of Williams and company. National writers and local analysts alike have cried for severe punishment for both the individuals and the organization. Amongst the penalties suggested have been the loss of draft picks, six to seven figure fines, firings, suspensions and even the forfeiture of the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV title.

We’ll find out reasonably soon what the actual penalties will be, but the down time between the release of the National Football League’s findings and sentencing has certainly allowed for sports media driven by the NFL to run wild with questions/comments.

There don’t appear to be great numbers of supporters of the Saints’ sins, but there certainly appears to be more than a few football fans who have been willing to suggest “everyone does this” or “injuries are a part of the game” as a response.

There is a sense of relevancy at least to the latter. There is an awkward nature about every football game played at every level. Every competitor in every game lines up knowing their chances of victory would be greatly improved if their opponents’ best players weren’t on the field.

It doesn’t mean players have regularly worked to ensure their opponents left the field early, it just means the thought is always very much in their minds.

It certainly doesn’t mean it is okay for a coach/organization to pay players as a bonus for injuring opponents.

The other question regularly asked by the small group of Saints defenders is “how would you feel if it was your favorite team?” As I’ve already noted, I’ve wavered on this since first being asked.

Here’s my gut feeling. If the circumstances were either the same (or at least in some way similar), Charm City would be likely to be supportive of the Ravens. If Gregg Williams was Rex Ryan or Chuck Pagano and Sean Payton was John Harbaugh and the players involved were actually Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata and Jarret Johnson-we’d be much less likely to call for a death penalty-caliber punishment.

We’d be way more likely to be defensive of the persons involved, suggesting “the bounty wasn’t the reason the unit was successful” or reminding fans that bounties have existed throughout football history.

We’d do it for the same reason San Francisco Giants fans continued to support slugger Barry Bonds despite the escalating evidence suggesting Major League Baseball’s all-time home run king perhaps cheated en route.

I’m not suggesting a football bounty in any way compares to steroid use. I’m only suggesting that it is easier to support players/coaches from your own favorite team because even if you don’t agree with their methods at heart, you believe something more significant.

Those players were trying to help your favorite team win.

When a player accepted money from a Saints assistant to go after an opposing player (or for simple on-field achievement), they did so as part of an attempt to win. Not only were they successful, they were so successful they turned a perennially miserable franchise into a Super Bowl champion.

If the Baltimore Ravens were accused of something similar, it would be much too easy for us to just say “I don’t necessarily like it, but I’m glad they did whatever necessary to win.”

It does not in any way alter the actual facts.

The facts here are very simple. The New Orleans Saints broke the rules and perhaps risked permanently altering the lives of men who were friends, former teammates and simply “brothers” on the gridiron.

There is nothing that can be said that will ever make that acceptable in any way. I won’t attempt to tell you what sort of penalty that should bring with it, I will only tell you I too believe it should be significant.

I will also suggest again that asking “what would you think if it was your favorite team” is not a defense Saints fans should even consider in conversation.

I would probably be supportive. I would DEFINITELY be wrong.

-G

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Ranking the Ravens’ biggest defensive needs

Posted on 15 February 2012 by Luke Jones

With free agency set to begin on March 13 and the draft to follow in late April, the Ravens continue to evaluate their needs in all three phases of the game.

After evaluating the biggest offensive needs on Monday, I offer my thoughts on the defensive side of the football by ranking the biggest positions of need entering the offseason.

1. Outside linebacker

For a team as rich as any at the linebacker position over the last 15 years, it’s unusual to see the Ravens with such glaring needs within the unit. Veteran Jarret Johnson is an unrestricted free agent and will be 31 by the start of the 2012 season, suggesting he would be a necessary casualty when addressing a list of 13 unrestricted free agents.

However, there isn’t a single option on the roster with which the Ravens would feel comfortable as a starting strongside linebacker. Paul Kruger shows ability as a pass rusher but has not shown the necessary ability in pass coverage or run defense to consider him an option as a three-down player at this point.

After appearing in only two games this past season, former second-round pick Sergio Kindle is probably more likely to be cut than to find himself in the starting lineup next season. The former Texas product has struggled to learn the Baltimore defense and still feels effects of a fractured skull suffered just days before what would have been his first training camp in 2010, but the 24-year-old will benefit from a full offseason at the team’s Owings Mills facility. Along the same lines as Kindle, Michael McAdoo — who spent the 2011 season on injured reserve — is an intriguing name to monitor but shouldn’t be in the discussion for a starting position at this point.

With that in mind, the Ravens might be more inclined to re-sign Johnson than many would think. Much like they did with Ray Lewis in the winter of 2009, the Ravens will allow the veteran linebacker to explore his value in the open market and see if they can come to an agreement that makes sense for both sides. Of course, new Indianapolis head coach and former Ravens defense coordinator Chuck Pagano could try to overpay for Johnson to bring a Baltimore flavor to the Colts defense. One factor working against the Ravens is a relatively-thin market for outside linebackers, which would not only drive up the price for Johnson but also mean they’d still have to pay handsomely for a replacement.

The Ravens would love to find a young outside backer who can play the run as effectively as Johnson while showing more ability in pass coverage. They could look to a draft prospect such as North Carolina’s Zach Brown, Oklahoma’s Ronnell Lewis, or Utah State’s Bobby Wagner in the early rounds, but the Ravens have rarely shown enough confidence in rookies to step into a starting job at the linebacker position.

The dream scenario would be to find an outside linebacker with enough pass-rushing ability to alleviate attention from Terrell Suggs on the opposite side, but Kruger did an adequate job in getting after the quarterback in passing situations.

2. Inside linebacker

The talk has only grown louder regarding the need to find the heir apparent to future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis, but the Ravens first need to figure out who will be playing next to him in 2012.

Jameel McClain is an unrestricted free agent and while the Ravens have to be pleased with his development after signing him as a rookie free agent in 2008, the 26-year-old will likely command more money than Baltimore is willing to pay to retain his services. This would leave Dannell Ellerbe, Albert McClellan, and Josh Bynes as potential replacements. Ellerbe is an restricted free agent while the latter two are exclusive rights players, meaning all three are very likely to return.

Veteran Brendon Ayanbadejo is also a free agent, meaning the Ravens could be in danger of losing arguably their best linebacker in terms of pass coverage.

Ellerbe has shown impressive potential in limited doses, but his work ethic has come into question on a number of occasions to draw the ire of coach John Harbaugh. The Ravens might be content with plugging Ellerbe into the other inside linebacker spot for now, but he’s far from a safe bet to be an answer beyond the 2012 season.

The Ravens face a difficult proposition in how to handle Lewis, who still plays the run effectively but is a liability in pass coverage. The prudent answer would be to limit the veteran to action on first and second down, but explaining that to one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history is easier said than done. You also need to have a viable replacement before you tell the defensive leader he comes off the field in passing situations.

While there has been plenty of talk over the last year or two to find Lewis’ eventual replacement, this year’s draft appears to be a critical time to find an up-and-coming inside linebacker. The Ravens have been linked to both Dont’a Hightower of Alabama and Vontaze Burfict of Arizona State in various mock drafts. The problem is Hightower may be off the board by the time the 29th pick rolls around and Burfict’s character has come into question with a reputation for delivering cheap shots and reportedly sucker-punching a teammate in practice last August.

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New Colts coach Chuck Pagano on if he’s grabbing former Ravens in FA: “I think history tells you that’s the case”

Posted on 06 February 2012 by Ryan Chell

Indianapolis was crazy all last week hosting the Super Bowl, and right along with it has been the host city’s new football coach and ex-Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.

That was because Pagano-just days after the Ravens’ 23-20 loss in the AFC Championship game to the Patriots- didn’t have to wait long to get back to work at the game of football preparation because NFL teams kept calling for his services.

After just one season as Ravens defensive coordinator replacing Greg Mattison, Pagano apparently had built enough of a resume that the Indianapolis Colts called 1 Winning Drive and asked to interview the 51-year old for their coaching vacancy.

And they were impressed enough by Pagano’s demeanor, it only took one interview for owner Jim Irsay and new general manager Ryan Grigson to know who they wanted to replace the fired Jim Caldwell as head coach.

They hired Pagano on January 25th, making the move official.

Pagano hasn’t slept much over the last two weeks moving his life from Baltimore to Indianapolis but he did find a few minutes to  join Drew Forrester, Glenn Clark, and Nestor Aparicio last Thursday afternoon from Radio Row to offer a special message to Raven Nation.

“My thanks go out to Steve [Bisciotti], Ozzie, Coach Harbaugh, the rest of the guys and all the players, all the assistant coaches, and the fans. I had four great years there and it’s really the last thing I ever expected.”

Pagano joined the Ravens in 2008 as secondary coach and quickly became a favorite of the players.

When Pagano left for Indianapolis, several defensive players took the move hard, including corner backs Lardarius Webb, Domonique Foxworth, and safety Ed Reed.

It was equally as hard for Pagano to move on, and his leave his brothers-in-arms behind.

“I felt like I had the greatest job in America,” Pagano continued. “It’s a fabulous organization and I wish nothing but the best for them.”

It was the sheer shock of getting the call that made Pagano consider the offer. Despite his success this season leading the third-ranked defense, he thought his chance was going to come after a few years down the road.

“It’s crazy,” Pagano replied. “It’s the last thing I ever expected-obviously walking in that locker room and dealing with the heartache that everybody was coming off of with that loss.”

Pagano walked into his regular meeting Monday morning after the loss to New England, and Coach John Harbaugh handed a phone to him in his office.

“Indianapolis called…they want to talk to you,” Harbaugh said.

“I was like, ‘No way-come on…tell me you’re playing with me’,” Pagano told the WNST crew. “I got on the phone with Ryan Grigson-our GM, and he asked if I would come down.”

Pagano was also equally surprised considering he had no connections to Jim Irsay, the Colts, or Grigson in the past.

“I had only spoken with Ryan a year prior about some things…it was just a surprising deal.”

But now the holiday is over for Pagano. He’s already at work formulating his new coaching staff and preparing for the 2012 season.

Both of those preparations might and have already conflicted with the Ravens off-season plans, as Pagano already tabbed Baltimore assistants Marwan Maalouf and secondary assistant Roy Anderson on his coaching staff.

Right now, it’s all downhill from here for Pagano.

“We’re still putting the pieces of the puzzle together,” Pagano added. “We’ve got three great hires with Bruce Arians coming in an offensive coordinator…and Greg Manusky just signed on today.”

Pagano admitted that he tried to raid his ex-boss in John Harbaugh of more of his assistants, but there was only so much leverage John would allow.

“I tried to raid the hen-house of coaches, but between Ozzie and John I obviously knew that wasn’t going to happen.”

Pagano said that he’s had numerous offers from fellow co-workers and coaches and ex-players to come on board.

But he quickly shot down the belief that it was because of him that he was getting all these calls. It’s about the tradition of working for a storied franchise like the Colts.

“This city is phenomenal…there’s a ton of people that want to come to this city and be part of this organization.”

Could this include several former Ravens on defense who are free agents-Jarret Johnson, Haruki Nakamura, Tom Zbikowski, etc-who loved Pagano?

He said it would be foolish for the Ravens not to anticipate that. They’ve already experienced it with the exodus of players following Rex Ryan to New York.

“I think if you look at history and you look at the coaches that have moved on from there and took other jobs, I think history tells you that’s the case. Nobody does it better than those guys now and I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t have my eye on a couple guys.”

But the one guy that Pagano is probably worried about-and this time as his coach as opposed to drawing up a game-plan against him-is his current quarterback in Peyton Manning.

His future remains in doubt as Colts quarterback, but Pagano isn’t worried about it. He knows and trusts in the people that are above him making those decisions for him.

“It’s obvious that Mr. Irsay and Peyton…the lines of communication are there. They’ll continue to talk and as time goes on…the situation will handle itself.”

Pagano said he has too much on his mind to involve himself with that he said he’s going to assume the right things get done.

It was the same approach he had in Baltimore, and that worked well enough for him.

“I’ve got so many things to do trying to reach out to players,” Pagano said, and put a staff together. I’ve got to do the best I can.”

WNST thanks Chuck Pagano for joining us on Radio Row and wishes him all the best in Indy…when they’re not playing the Ravens! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

 

 

 

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