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Chuck Pagano Returns to Work and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Pagano addresses the media upon returning to work. (Image courtesy of Matt Detrich of the Indianapolis Star)

Press conferences don't often have standing ovations unless someone announces "free food!"

Chuck Pagano's return to the Indianapolis Colts was not your normal press conference.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star writes that Pagano's return was greeted with joy from everyone.

The most poignant story is that the light in Pagano's office that was left on for his return has finally been turned off.

Pagano's inspiring triumph and gracious remarks cap what has been one of the most remarkable stories in the 2012 NFL season and have provided hope to thousands battling cancer.

For the Indianapolis Colts, Pagano's return should provide tangible, real-world results as well. The Colts currently field the worst defense in football, and have desperately missed Pagano, the teacher and technician.

As important as Pagano has been as a motivational tool, he's more important as a coach, leader and game-planner.

After all, Jim Irsay hired him and not Tony Robbins to be the head coach.

The Colts have failed to improve in any area on defense over the course of the year, and the defensive backs especially are terrible without exception.

Pagano's background as a secondary coach should be invaluable to helping the Colts fix glaring weaknesses in one of the NFL's worst units.

Honoring Pagano as a survivor has had its place, but now the best way to respect the man is to treat him as if he were any other NFL head coach.

I'm sure Pagano would want to be seen as a coach rather than as a plot line.

 

General Interest

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective discusses who should win the Coach of the Year award.

The Football Outsiders present their Week 16 thoughts in Audibles at the Line.

Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts has his weekly Captain Comeback column.

 

Houston Texans

Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus looks at the Vikings and Texans.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says Gary Kubiak wants to fix mistakes.

McClain wonders if it will help the Texans that they've played Andrew Luck before.

 

Indianapolis Colts

Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star hands out "presents" to members of the Colts.

Arthur Arkush of Pro Football Weekly says J.J. Watt has forced the Colts to rethink the viability of two of their linemen.

Matt Grecco of Stampede Blue continues to marvel at how bad the Colts' numbers are.

 

Tennessee Titans

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com says Bud Adams knows the fans are unhappy.

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus looks at the Titans-Packers game again.

David Boclair of the City Paper says Mike Munchak thinks the Titans' problems can be fixed.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

John Breitenbach of Pro Football Focus looks at the Jaguars-Patriots game.

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says the Jags get a high pick in a weak draft.

O'Halloran writes that Cecil Shorts went on IR, ending his shot at 1,000 yards receiving.

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