Chuck Pagano a Good Choice for Indianapolis Colts: Fan Opinion

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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Five Coaches the Indianapolis Colts Could Hire as Head Coach: Fan's Take

The are searching for a new head coach. Owner Jim Irsay that they are close to selecting a coach and will have one within a week. This narrows the list to around five coaches that Indianapolis is for the job.

Jim Tressel

The former Ohio State coach is surprisingly being and be a finalist for the head coaching position in Indianapolis. As a fan, I don’t support this move. Ignoring the issues that caused Tressel to leave Ohio State, he’s a conservative coach that relies on defense and running the ball. This has never been the way Indianapolis plays. They need someone more aggressive that will bring fresh, new ideas to the team. I can only hope that they don’t end up with Tressel.

Jerry Gray

Gray was the defensive coordinator last season for the . He fulfills the Rooney rule for Indianapolis and is one of the lone defensive minded coaches on the list. Gray is one of the more unknown coaches amongst the candidates but that certainly isn’t a bad thing.

Pete Carmichael Jr.

Carmichael is just 40 years old and was the offensive coordinator of the for the past three years. Carmichael is one of my favorite choices for the job. He came from a team in New Orleans that had a pass heavy offense but was also very good running the ball. He’s young but also has experience working with a star quarterback in . He would bring a strong defensive prescence to the team and also fits the category of a leader that Jim Irsay and Ryan Grigson are looking for.

Chip Kelly

The University of Oregon head coach for the Colts’ head coaching job lately. It’s unknown if he’s interviewed but this would be a different approach than the other candidates. Kelly has at Oregon and would be an interesting hire. He’s known as a great offensive mind and has built a great collegiate program.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.

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Iowa Hawkeyes Football Success Story: Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Pat Angerer

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 02: Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans is tackled by Pat Angerer #51 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won 23-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Pat Angerer

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In light of the disappointments and criticisms surrounding the Iowa Hawkeye football team as of late, perhaps it’s time to remind the world that all is not dark in the land of black and gold.  Of the many bright spots that can be highlighted, the upcoming NFL playoff season might be a good time to focus on a recent great Hawkeye success story.

Former Iowa middle linebacker and current Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Pat Angerer will start in his first NFL playoff game tomorrow against another ex-Hawkeye, running back Shonn Greene of the New York Jets.

Would Angerer have imagined a year ago, just after celebrating an Orange Bowl victory, he’d be starting in the NFL playoffs?  Perhaps, but many others probably didn’t.  At 6’0” and 235 lbs, Angerer was initially labeled as too small to be effective on an NFL defense, despite being picked 63rd overall in the 2010 draft.

As a new Colt, Angerer has played in 16 games and amassed 88 tackles (58 solo), one sack and one forced fumble.  16 tackles came in special teams play.  11 tackles were earned in his first start in Week 6 against the Washington Redskins.

Yet all of his early NFL success might never have happened.  Plagued by injuries in the 2007 season, including mononucleosis and hamstring, groin and shoulder injuries, Pat nearly gave up playing football.  Not wanting to disappoint his coach or let down his team, he decided to fight through it. 


Pat Angerer vs. Georgia Tech in 2010 Orange Bowl

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Working through his injuries, Angerer came back with a bang in the 2008 season, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors and holding second place in the Big Ten in interceptions.

In 2009, he earned First Team All-American honors and was fourth in the nation in tackles per game at 11.2. It was enough for the Indianapolis Colts to let him attempt to translate his talents to the pro stage.  They don’t appear to regret that decision.

Reading blogs about Pat Angerer on the Colts websites, including quotes he’s made in interviews, one thing stands out: his incredible, relentless work ethic.  Pat doesn’t give up.  He shows up big every day.  He welcomes the opportunity to learn something new and improve.  He doesn’t let people tell him what he can’t do.  He puts his nose to the grindstone and hits it full force, 100 percent of the time.

If every player practiced such football religion, a team would be unstoppable.

Many factors contribute to Pat Angerer’s success story.  The youngest of five in a middle-class family with three older brothers might have toughened him up.  His dedication to football and love of the game no doubt helps. 

During Iowa away games, when other players might go out to distract themselves and relax, Pat admitted he would stay in his room and watch TV, avoiding distraction.

Pat is also a testimony to his coaches at Iowa, who have the uncanny ability to turn local, non-ranked high school talent into competitive Big Ten players who, as Jim Tressel puts it, leave with significantly better resumes than they came with. 

How?  By holding a tough line. You don’t get to play if you don’t put in the work.  And if you break the rules, you will be punished.

It’s been said by many that the loss of Pat Angerer (as well as AJ Edds and Amari Spivey) was greatly underestimated when gauging the Hawkeyes’ potential for success in 2010.  “Next man in” often works at Iowa, but replacing exceptional talent from the 2009 class ultimately could not be done.  Not only did the Hawkeyes lose their football skill, but also their work ethic and role modeling.  The younger replacement players can grow into similar success stories, but it doesn’t usually happen overnight.

What fans, pundits and critics need to remember is that a few bad apples can’t and won’t spoil the Ferentz bunch for long.  As many tragedies as have played out with DJK, Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher, there are as many success stories to be played out as time marches on.  Let’s not dishonor the future (or the coaches) by forgetting the great men that the Iowa Hawkeye football team has built over the years, including the guys playing their first NFL playoff game this weekend.