To be honest, there is a lot of fans who do not know the history behind Pagano and why he makes a good head coach for the Colts rather than a offensive-minded HC.The simplest reason could be the same reason why Manning isn't universally known as the one of the greatest QBs to play in the NFL. It is easy to say that we never had many consistent good players on the defensive side as the offensive side. For offense, we had adequate or great WRs like Wayne and Harrision/Garcon/etc, a great TE bundled along with a crappy o-line and a "interesting" rb unit; the defense has only had consistent play from Bethea,Mathis, and Freeney with a injury-prone SS, a pair of crappy DTs, and a untalented group of CBs. After the jump... more about Pagano...
He began as a graduate assistant at Southern California and Miami, OLB at Boise State, and finally DB coach for East California and UNLV. In 5 years, he helped coach 4 first round draft picks. From the collegiate levels he then went into the NFL as a secondary coach for the Browns, the same year they recorded 33 int's (28 being from the secondary) and 2 years later with a franchise record of least passing touchdowns in 2003. In '06, he became a DB coach for the Raiders which is also when they were ranked 3rd in total yards gained. After 3 years with the Ravens as a DB coach he was promoted to DC this year.
Pagano, who helped lead the Ravens into the playoffs, will positively impact our defense. According to the NFL's statistics, the Baltimore Ravens have the 3rd best defense in less yards per game averaging about 12 shy of 300 yards. Although,the Ravens limit teams in yards per game well sadly they are the highest penalized NFL team this year. Pagano has helped Lardarius Webb develop and who has played 15 of 16 games with 5 interceptions and 3 extra key interceptions in the post-season. Pagano may have increased the value of players such as Suggs, Ngata, and Kruger who HAVE benefited from excellent DB play. According to FO, the Raven's defense was the best in the league in pass coverage and #7 in rush. Although, he is a great HC selection the Colts need to buckle down and nail a lot of overdue talented players for both the offense and defense if we want to catch up to the ever stronger Texans.
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