Chuck Pagano to Colts: Indianapolis Will Return to Dominance Under Ravens DC

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Chuck Pagano of the Baltimore Ravens poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Baltimore,Maryland. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts took a big step toward shortening their rebuilding process. Chuck Pagano is not going to let this team toil in the depths of the NFL for long. 

Pagano, formerly the Ravens defensive coordinator, is the new head coach of the Colts. 

Reports of the hire began circulating Wednesday afternoon, and the Colts quickly confirmed the news. 


Pagano's Credentials

This was Pagano's first season as the Ravens defensive coordinator, and it was a spectacular season. The Ravens finished third in both points and yards allowed. 

Their defense was dominant all year despite injuries to stars Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. 

Prior to being the defensive coordinator, Pagano was the Ravens' defensive backs coach for three seasons. He began his coaching career in 1984 as a graduate assistant with USC. He has no prior head coaching experience. 


What He'll Bring to the Colts

Pagano is going to bring defense, defense and more defense. The results should be felt immediately no matter what personnel changes take place with the Colts. These results have followed Pagano everywhere he has gone. 

He spent one year as defensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina in 2007. That defense went from 92nd to 35th that season. 

The season before that he was the defensive backs coach for the Oakland Raiders when they led the NFL in pass defense. 

This season, Indianapolis finished 15th in passing yards allowed and 29th in rushing yards allowed. Those numbers will drop just by Pagano's schemes and coaching alone, and as time goes on they will have the right players to carry out his schemes. 

The Colts appear set to guarantee the future success of their offense with Andrew Luck. Now they have just ensured the future success of their defense by hiring Pagano.