Colts hire Ravens DC Pagano to replace Caldwell as head coach
The Indianapolis Colts have selected Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as the team's the next head coach, it was announced Wednesday. NFL.com's Steve Wyche first reported the story. The Colts will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Pagano just ended his first season as the Ravens' defensive coordinator. Baltimore finished the regular season as the NFL's third-ranked defense in both scoring (16.6 points per game) and total yards (288.9 yards per game). Pagano was the Ravens' secondary coach from 2008 to 2010. He served in the same capacity with the Cleveland Browns from 2001-04, then coached the Raiders' defensive backs from 2005-06. Prior to joining the Ravens, Pagano spent the 2007 season as the defensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina. Pagano spent several seasons in the college ranks, including at Miami, where he was the secondary coach and special teams coordinator from 1995-2000. The Colts had been linked to seven other coaching candidates, including New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, among others. The Colts fired Jim Caldwell on Jan. 17 following a 2-14 season.