With by the that former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has been hired as Indy’s new head coach, Colts fans are expressing some mixed feelings about the move.
I’m pretty darned excited about it.
More Experience Than You Might Think
One of the concerns I’ve seen expressed in a variety of places is that Pagano has no head coaching experience. I see where that would be a concern, especially since the Colts are in tear-down mode right now.
Pagano, however, is nowhere near new to coaching. He spent 18 years in the college ranks and has held a number of coaching positions in the NFL, spending a total of 10 years with the , the , and the Ravens. The Ravens organization does a great job of listing . The short version: he has been successful for years and in multiple locations.
That’s also 10 more years of NFL experience than Jim Tressel has, for those Colts fans who are upset that the Sweater Vest won’t be patrolling the sidelines in 2012. Tressel is, indeed, a winner in college football, but so is Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, Barry Switzer, Bobby Petrino, Dennis Erickson, Butch Davis, Mike Riley, Rich Brooks … Shall I continue?
From the Mouths of Players
The most important quality of a head coach, in my opinion, is his ability to lead, regardless of his resume. Pagano certainly gets a ringing endorsement from his Baltimore players.
, after the Ravens obliterated the to open the 2011 season, linebacker head coach Rex Ryan] are very fiery, and I think (there are) a lot of similarities because both are ‘player’ coaches,” said Ravens linebacker about Pagano, too.
It’s certainly hard to argue with the first-hand experiences of players of this caliber who are part of one of the best defenses in the league.
Our guys are excited about him, too. When about what he thought of Pagano being hired as head coach, defensive end is that Manning is done playing for the Colts. Manning or no Manning, these Indianapolis Colts are going to look very different in 2012. Fans need to be patient and remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. This is a process, not a magic fix.
With Grigson—and now Pagano—in place, though, Colts fans should feel a lot of hope for the future.
The author is a resident of central Indiana and a longtime fan of the Colts. He is also a Featured Contributor in Sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter at and on .
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