Colts Hire Ravens DC Chuck Pagano As Head Coach

The Colts coaching search is over. The team has hired Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as head coach.

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Chuck Pagano Looks Forward To 'Great Opportunity' With Colts

The Indianapolis Colts officially announced the hiring of Chuck Pagano as their new head coach. Pagano is coming from the Baltimore Ravens where he was last the defensive coordinator. The Ravens website quoted Pagano on his way out as saying:

"It's difficult to leave the Ravens but I couldn't pass up on this great opportunity," Pagano said. "I'm just thrilled and so excited."

And this opportunity could be a great one. Pagano's choices at quarterback are likely to come down to Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck, depending on how that situation unfolds. It's a quarterback-driven league and, as the Colts learned with Peyton Manning, you tend to win a lot of games with a great quarterback. If Luck ends up being as good as NFL personnel people say he is then Pagano may have walked into a great opportunity.

For more on the Colts hire, check out SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue. And for aRavens perspective, visit Baltimore Beatdown.

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Colts Confirm: Chuck Pagano Is The New Head Coach

The Indianapolis Colts have made it official: Chuck Pagano is the new head coach. Pagano, 51, was previously the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator for one season.

The initial report came down on Wednesday afternoon and within a few minutes Colts owner Jim Irsay had directed his Twitter followers to Colts.com with the message that breaking news was on its way.

The team's statement said a press conference was coming at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday where owner Jim Irsay and new GM Ryan Grigson will be present. Judging by the reaction from SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue, one of the questions that'll be asked is whether the Colts will switch to a 3-4 defense.

The Colts cleaned house after they finished 2-14 in the 2011 season. Bill Polian and his son, Chris Polian, were both fired, along with head coach Jim Caldwell.

For more on the Colts hire, check out SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue. And for a Ravens perspective, visit Baltimore Beatdown.

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Colts Hire Chuck Pagano As Next Head Coach, According To Report

The Colts interviewed a number of candidates but have reportedly decided to hire Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as their next head coach.

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Colts Will Interview 49ers Special Teams Coach

The Indianapolis Colts continue to cast a wide net in their attempt to replace Jim Caldwell at head coach. The latest name to pop up on their radar is San Francisco 49ers special teams coach Brad Seely, who is set to interview with organization on Wednesday.

Seely is one of several assistants off of teams recently dismissed from the playoffs that the Colts have shown interest in. Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano interviewed with the Colts on Tuesday, and New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. has also reportedly been contacted. Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray has entered the discussion, as has Brad Childress and shamed former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel.

Seely is considered one of the top special teams coaches in the country (Kyle Williams' two fumbles on Sunday notwithstanding). Prior to joining the 49ers last season he spent two years with the Cleveland Browns.

For more coverage of the Colts' head coach search, visit SB Nation's Stampede Blue.

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Colts Coaching Search: Conflicting Reports On Jim Tressel

When Tony Dungy suggested that ousted Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel was the leading candidate for the Indianapolis Colts' vacant head coaching job, the news received mixed reviews from the fanbase itself. Now it appears that Tressel's name may be off the table for the position, according local media. Chris Widlic of WISH-TV in Indianapolis tweeted Monday that sources have told him Tressel will not be hired as the Colts' next coach.

Should that rumor hold, the Colts will likely turn towards the NFL coordinator ranks in their search. They are expected to interview current Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, and have reportedly contacted Tennessee Titans DC Jerry Gray and New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.

Tressel joined the Colts staff midway through last season as a gameday consultant. His role in the memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal at Ohio State last year would make him a difficult sell for fans and media wherever he ultimately lands his next coaching gig.

For more coverage of the Colts' head coach search, visit SB Nation's Stampede Blue.

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Ravens DC Chuck Pagano Interviewing For Colts Head Coaching Job

With the Baltimore Ravens now out of the Super Bowl XLVI chase, the team's assistant coaches are now available for interviews for other coaching vacancies. The Indianapolis Colts are taking advantage of that, and are interviewing Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano for the Colts' head coaching position, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Pagano has been with the Ravens since 2008, first as a secondary coach under defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and then as the Ravens' defensive coordinator in 2011 after Mattison left Baltimore to accept the defensive coordinator position at the University of Michigan. Pagano's defense ranked third in the league in points and yards allowed in 2011, and his secondary ranked first in the league in passing touchdowns allowed.

The Colts are looking for a new head coach to replace Jim Caldwell, fired on January 17 after leading the Peyton Manning-less Colts to a 2-14 record in 2011.

For more coverage of the Colts' head coach search, visit SB Nation's Stampede Blue.

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Jim Tressel Could Be Colts Leading Candidate, According To Tony Dungy

Over the weekend Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that the Colts coaching search would likely come to an end sometime later this week. The Colts have reportedly interviewed a number of candidates and as Irsay and new GM Ryan Grigson continue to mull the candidates, a favorite might have emerged.

Former Colts coach and current NBC analyst, Tony Dungy, was on the Dan Patrick Show on Monday morning and indicated Jim Tressel, the former Ohio State coach, could be the leading candidate.

"I think Jim Irsay has his man in mind. It may be Jim Tressel, that's what I'm hearing."

Tressel joined the Colts in the middle of the 2011 season as a gameday consultant. He was the Ohio State head coach from 2001-2010.

Dungy's words obviously carry a little more meaning considering he used to coach there and presumably stays in touch with some people in Indianapolis. It's not a confirmed report by any means but interesting nonetheless.

This report comes on the heels of one from Mike Freeman of CBS Sports in which a Colts source told him there's "no way in hell" Tressel will be the Colts next head coach.

For more coverage of the Colts' head coach search, visit SB Nation's Stampede Blue.

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Jim Irsay: Colts Will Hire Head Coach Next Week

Indianpolis Colts' owner Jim Irsay tweeted on Saturday afternoon that his team will have a new head coach by mid to late next week.

Indianapolis has expressed interest in a number of candidates, including former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress. A report surfaced this week that even Jim Tressel, who was hired to be a game day consultant with the Colts this season, may be a candidate for the job.

In addition to Childress, a couple current coordinators have been targeted in the process. The Tennessee Titans granted the Colts permission to speak with defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, which would also satisfy the league's Rooney Rule. The Saints' offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael is a another name being discussed as a potential head coach in Indy.

On Tuesday, the Colts fired Jim Caldwell after this year's disastrous 2-14 season. According to Irsay, it won't be long before we find out his successor.

For more coverage of the Colts' head coach search, visit SB Nation's Stampede Blue.

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Indianapolis Colts May Consider Jim Tressel In Head Coaching Search

The Indianapolis Colts hired Jim Tressel as a game-day consultant in September to help the coaching staff with various decisions. Now that Jim Caldwell has been fired as head coach, the question is whether or not the team would consider elevating Tressel to the head position?

According to the Indianapolis Star, it might be a possibility.

Owner Jim Irsay's plane flew Friday morning to Sarasota, Fla., where Tressel owns a home, and returned to Indianapolis later in the day. Multiple sources have said they expect the former Ohio State University coach to be interviewed for the Colts vacant head coaching position, but that could not be confirmed.

No word on whether or not that visit was actually to see Tressel.

Mike Freeman at CBS Sports doesn't think it will happen but does think Tressel will remain with the organization.

There was a report the Indianapolis Colts are at least considering disgraced former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel as head coach, who is on the Indianapolis staff as a gameday consultant. I checked with a Colts source and he said this: "No way in hell."

But this is the interesting part. The source explained that owner Jim Irsay likes Tressel and does want him to have some sort of role in the organization (a new head coach will have some say in that of course).

It would be quite the PR mess for the Colts to hire Tressel on the back of what happened at the end of his Ohio State tenure. Freeman's assessment seems more likely, but you never know. At least for now.

For more coverage of the Colts' head coach search, visit SB Nation's Stampede Blue.

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Colts Add Brad Childress To List Of Head Coaching Candidates

The Indianapolis Colts have added another name to their list of candidates for the head coaching vacancy. Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network said today via Twitter that Brad Childress is also a candidate to replace Jim Caldwell.

Childress joins a list of candidates mostly culled from the ranks of coordinators around the league. The Colts interviewed Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray for a six hours on Friday, according to the same report from LaCanfora. New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael is also in the mix.

Childress is familiar with the Colts. In 1985, he was the team's quarterbacks coach, his first NFL job. Childress is more recently known for his stint from 2006 to 2010 as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. He brought in none other than Brett Favre for his final two seasons in Minnesota.

For more coverage of the Colts' head coach search, visit SB Nation's Stampede Blue.

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Colts Coaching Search Includes Titans, Saints Coordinators

The Indianapolis Colts fired Jim Caldwell on Tuesday and their search for a new head coach has begun. One of the candidates for the Colts position is New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., according to a report by ProFootballTalk.com

Carmichael has been the Saints offensive coordinator the past three seasons, but did not actually call plays until recently when Sean Payton injured his leg in a sideline accident that forced Payton into the coaching box for much of the season. Carmichael called the Saints offense from the mid-way point of the season all the way through the playoffs.

In addition to Carmichael, the Colts have requested and received permission to speak with Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

Interviewing Gray will satisfy the Rooney Rule requirement for the Colts, but he's also known as a secondary coach guru, which is something the Colts desperately need. Gray worked under Gregg Williams with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins. Gray has been the Titans defensive coordinator for the past year.

For more on Caldwell's firing and what the Colts will do now in their search for a head coach, visit SB Nation's Stampede Blue.

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Indianapolis Colts Reached Out To Jeff Fisher Prior To Firing Jim Caldwell, Per Report

Before firing head coach Jim Caldwell on Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts tried to make inroads with the biggest name in the coaching market this year, Jeff Fisher. According to Jim Thomas at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Colts “reached out” to Fisher before he accepted the job with the St. Louis Rams. He told the Colts that he was not interested.

News that Fisher would take the job in St. Louis leaked out on Friday, Jan. 13. Fisher notified Rams owner Stan Kroenke of his decision the day before that.

If Thomas’ sources are correct, that means the writing was on the wall for Caldwell well ahead of today’s announcement by the Colts.

The Colts interviewed Steve Spagnuolo for their vacant defensive coordinator position on Monday, according to Adam Schefter at ESPN and others. Spagnuolo was fired as the Rams head coach on Jan. 2, after a 2-14 season in his third year with the team. The Colts’ new GM, Ryan Grigson, worked with Spagnuolo in Philadelphia.

For more on Caldwell’s firing and what the Colts will do now in their search for a head coach, visit SB Nation’s Stampede Blue.

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