Pagano, formerly the Ravens defensive coordinator, is the new head coach of the Colts.
Is this a good hire for the Colts?
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.
Will the Colts make the playoffs within 3 seasons?
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.