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By Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune | December 17, 2011
Sam Pagano tried to talk his oldest son out of coaching. By the time his younger boy was ready to choose a profession, it was no use. “It was destined,” Sam said. It wasn't that Sam Pagano's life had not been fuller because of his decades spent molding young men and instructing them in the game he loved. His reluctance had to do with him knowing the demands of being a football coach and that such a job didn't always work out as it had for him, an entire career spent raising his family in one town.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Pernell McPhee has never operated in the spotlight on the Ravens defense, but the fourth-year outside linebacker has carved out an effective place in the rotation by both feeding on those who hog the attention, and at times, taking it away from them. With the Ravens thin on the defensive line and with stars Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil no longer every-down rushers, McPhee has seen time at both outside linebacker positions, defensive end, and nose tackle. He's not being shoehorned into the defense out of necessity, though.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2011
New coordinator Chuck Pagano takes over a Ravens defense that closed out the 2010 season ranking 10th in yards allowed and third in points given up. So, what does he need to do to make it a Super Bowl defense? Pagano says improve in "crunch time. " The Ravens surrendered nine leads in the fourth quarter this season, including three double-digit ones (10 points against Buffalo, 10 at New England and 15 at Houston). In the final 35 seconds of games, the defense gave up three touchdowns and one field goal.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
The Ravens' 8-8 record last year, and the third-place schedule that comes with it for the 2014 season, could have been an advantage over division rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.    Upon Wednesday night's release of the 2014 schedule , it appears some of those advantages have been mitigated.   Cincinnati's schedule is similar to the Ravens', save for two opponents, but the Ravens' and Steelers' schedules are essentially flipped. If the Ravens travel to a non-divisional opponent in the two crossover divisions, the AFC South and NFC South, the Steelers get them at home.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | February 23, 2012
Former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano will celebrate his one-month anniversary as coach of the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, yet there are still clearly some things about his new job that he hasn't gotten used to. “I've got so many things coming across my desk right now that are non-football related, I can't stand it,” said Pagano, who interviewed in Indianapolis the day after the Ravens' AFC championship game loss to the...
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By Edward Lee | January 6, 2013
The Indianapolis Colts' nine points in Sunday's 15-point loss to the Ravens in Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff round, matched a season low when the team fell to the New York Jets, 35-9, on Oct. 14. Critics might point to the absence of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who was hospitalized at a Baltimore-area hospital Sunday morning with serious flu-like symptoms, but wide receiver Reggie Wayne downplayed the impact of having quarterbacks coach...
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2013
The visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium following last year's AFC championship game was eerily silent when a sharply attired Chuck Pagano walked briskly toward the door, rolling a suitcase behind him. He stopped only briefly, embracing linebacker Jarret Johnson as the two whispered a few words. Neither man would be a Raven for much longer, but the reminiscing would have to wait. The hurt of being seconds away from beating the New England Patriots and going to the Super Bowl was still too raw, and Pagano had someplace to be. The following day, the Ravens' first-year defensive coordinator was due in Indianapolis to interview for the Colts' head coaching job. To the surprise of no one, he was hired.
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Peter Schmuck | January 5, 2013
For obvious reasons, the Ravens will be totally psyched to join Ray Lewis on his "last ride" when they take the field at M&T Bank Stadium in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts also will show up with hearts afire for head coach Chuck Pagano, whose battle against leukemia has been the inspirational story of the season. If that isn't enough human interest for you, new Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will be calling plays against the team he led to the Super Bowl three years ago and - since we never get tired of this - local fans will burn for a little more revenge against the franchise that deserted Baltimore nearly three decades ago. This matchup is so fraught with emotional subplots, it might be a good time to bring in a team of head doctors to figure out just how much all these mind games will impact the action on the field and the chances of either team advancing to the next round of the playoffs.
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By Edward Lee | December 21, 2011
A month-long layoff caused by the turf toe injury on his right foot didn't prevent Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis from leading the defense in tackles with 10 in Sunday night's 34-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers. That performance was enough to persuade defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to speak glowingly of the 12-time Pro Bowler's play. “Excellent. He didn't miss a beat,” Pagano said Wednesday. “He had a huge impact like he always does. He didn't miss a beat.”
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December 26, 2012
Better with his guidance Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune The Colts will get an emotional boost from Chuck Pagano's return that will make them a better team, but they also will get a coaching boost. Pagano, don't forget, was hired because of his leadership ability and defensive intellect. It was clear early on that he had a grasp on this team. He has a rare ability to touch and motivate players. The Colts will be better with his guidance and ideas. Pagano's return will give the team other resources and allow interim head coach Bruce Arians to focus more on what he was hired to do, which is run the offense.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
It has been a hectic 48 hours for former Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones, whose hard work during his four years in Baltimore was rewarded with a five-year, $33 million contract from the Indianapolis Colts shortly after free agency began Tuesday afternoon. After the deal was finalized, the Colts flew Jones on their private jet to Indianapolis and he wined and dined with Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, the former Ravens defensive coordinator, on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, he was in the Colts facility taking physicals and meeting with his new coaches.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2013
The Cleveland Browns sent shock waves throughout the NFL landscape when they traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2014 first-round draft pick Wednesday. The blowback of the surprising swap even reached as far as Colts coach Chuck Pagano 's cellphone. Text messages piled up from former players, including from the division where the former Ravens defensive coordinator used to coach. "All I know is, I got a couple texts from some players I used to coach and it was, 'Wow, congrats and thank you,'" Pagano said during Richardson's introductory news conference Thursday.
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January 16, 2013
Arians can help Cutler Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times Bruce Arians is the best choice for the Bears. This is a team that has the franchise's best quarterback in the modern era in Jay Cutler, an elite receiver in Brandon Marshall, a running back who's making $8 million per year in Matt Forte, yet can't consistently generate an offense. Arians is the guy who can get the most out of Cutler, just as he did with Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. The Bears want a power running game?
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By Jeff Zrebiec | January 8, 2013
Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis said he did his trademark late-game dance on Sunday to honor “my time and my city,” not out of disrespect to the Indianapolis Colts. Lewis' response came a day after Colts veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne told WNDE-AM in Indianapolis that he saw the dance, which occurred after the final kneel down of the Ravens' 24-9 victory at M&T Bank Stadium, as “disrespectful.”  It was Lewis' final home game after playing 17 seasons in Baltimore.
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By Matt Vensel | January 6, 2013
In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don't hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong. For the fifth straight year, the Ravens are back in the playoffs. I'm sure in a private moment, one with truth serum or a few adult beverages involved, some players would admit that this year's team isn't as good as the one that came up just short in last year's AFC title game.
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By Edward Lee | January 6, 2013
The Indianapolis Colts' nine points in Sunday's 15-point loss to the Ravens in Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff round, matched a season low when the team fell to the New York Jets, 35-9, on Oct. 14. Critics might point to the absence of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who was hospitalized at a Baltimore-area hospital Sunday morning with serious flu-like symptoms, but wide receiver Reggie Wayne downplayed the impact of having quarterbacks coach...
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By Edward Lee | December 23, 2011
In his first season as an NFL defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano has the Ravens tied for third in the league in average points allowed (16.9) and ranked in the top five in categories such as total yards (third, 287.9 yards), rushing yards (second, 90.0), passing yards (fifth, 197.9) and third-down efficiency (first, 30.4 percent). Which is why suggestions that Pagano could be a candidate for a head-coaching vacancy have already begun to circulate in media circles. But Pagano deflated that trial balloon during his weekly briefing Wednesday.
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By Edward Lee | November 18, 2011
As with turnovers, sacks have become a rare commodity for the Ravens defense recently. After collecting 25 sacks in the first seven contests this season, the unit has recorded just two sacks in the last two games. The Ravens are still tied for third in the NFL in sacks, but defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano conceded that the responsibility for raising those numbers falls on him. “I've got to send them more,” Pagano said during his weekly briefing Thursday. “I've got to call more.
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Kevin Cowherd | January 6, 2013
Paul Kruger tried not to get swept up in the emotional tidal wave that washed over M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. But this was no easy feat. In the tunnel right before the pre-game introductions, with the defense buzzing and Ray Lewis delivering his usual fire-and-brimstone incantations, the charged atmosphere felt like the end of the world. "It was just purely electric," Kruger, the Ravens' big pass rusher, said. "You had the crowd going crazy. You had more media than ever.
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Peter Schmuck | January 5, 2013
For obvious reasons, the Ravens will be totally psyched to join Ray Lewis on his "last ride" when they take the field at M&T Bank Stadium in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts also will show up with hearts afire for head coach Chuck Pagano, whose battle against leukemia has been the inspirational story of the season. If that isn't enough human interest for you, new Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will be calling plays against the team he led to the Super Bowl three years ago and - since we never get tired of this - local fans will burn for a little more revenge against the franchise that deserted Baltimore nearly three decades ago. This matchup is so fraught with emotional subplots, it might be a good time to bring in a team of head doctors to figure out just how much all these mind games will impact the action on the field and the chances of either team advancing to the next round of the playoffs.
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