Chuck Pagano

Charles David Pagano (born October 2, 1960) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He has also served as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011, and as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2012 to 2017. He is the older brother of John Pagano, the senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach for the Houston Texans. After the Colts fired him following the 2017 season, Pagano took a year off from coaching, working as a consultant for the NFL.[1]

Chuck Pagano
Color head-and-shoulders photograph of well-tanned, smiling white man with salt-and-pepper goatee (Chuck Pagano), wearing a white crewneck shirt and purple baseball cap, both emblazoned with Baltimore Ravens logos.
Pagano in 2009
Chicago Bears
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born:October 2, 1960 (age 58)
Boulder, Colorado
Career information
High school:Boulder (CO) Fairview
Career history
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season:53–43 (.552)
Postseason:3–3 (.500)
Career:56–46 (.549)
Coaching stats at PFR

Playing career

Pagano was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at strong safety at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado.

Collegiately, Pagano was a four-year letterman and four-year starter at strong safety at Wyoming and graduated with a degree in marketing in 1984.

Coaching career

College career

Pagano's coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Southern California from 1984 to 1985 before a parallel move to University of Miami in 1986. He was outside linebackers coach at Boise State from 1987 to 1988, then coached defensive backs at East Carolina and UNLV in 1989 and 1990, respectively. By 1991, Pagano had been promoted to defensive coordinator for UNLV, but left the team midway through the season[2] and returned to East Carolina to coach defensive backs and outside linebackers a year later.

Pagano first linked with Butch Davis in 1995, returning to the University of Miami to coach the secondary and coordinate special teams. In his five years there, he recruited and coached four first round NFL draft picks, and during the 2000 season, his secondary was named the nation's best by College Football News. His defensive backs did not allow a passing touchdown over the last 27 quarters of the 1999 season. Miami also blocked 39 kicks in 59 games, including a school record 12 blocks in 1996.

At the end of the 2006 season, Pagano rejoined Davis following his appointment as head coach of North Carolina. In his first and only season, they finished with a record of 4–8, but were narrowly beaten by less than seven points in six of those games.


Browns, Raiders, Ravens

In 2001, Pagano joined Davis in the NFL as secondary coach for the Cleveland Browns. In 2003, he helped the Browns tie a franchise record for the fewest passing touchdowns allowed with 13. In 2001, the secondary accounted for 28 of the Browns' NFL-high 33 interceptions, and, in the same season, rookie cornerback Anthony Henry led the league with ten interceptions.

After leaving Cleveland in 2004, Pagano spent two seasons as the defensive backs coach of the Oakland Raiders. In 2006, the Raiders allowed just 151 passing yards per game and 285 total yards per game. This ranked them first and third in the league, respectively.

Pagano was named to John Harbaugh's initial coaching staff with the Baltimore Ravens on February 12, 2008.[3] He served as defensive secondary coach for three seasons. He was promoted to Defensive Coordinator on January 18, 2011, succeeding Greg Mattison who accepted a similar position at the University of Michigan.[4] That year, Pagano's defense finished 3rd in both points allowed and in yards allowed. They finished 13 in takeaways and 2nd Rush yards allowed, but Baltimore's defense has always been known for its ability to stop the run. Pagano drastically improved the pass defense going from 21st in passing yards allowed to 4th. They improved from 9th in passing touchdowns allowed to 1st in the league. The defense also came away with 17 interceptions. Pagano is known for his ability in secondary and ability to stop opposing teams pass attack.

Indianapolis Colts

On January 25, 2012, Pagano was named the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.[5] He joined a Colts team coming off of a 2–14 season without long-time franchise cornerstone Peyton Manning. Pagano underwent treatment for leukemia from weeks 5 through 16; he returned, with his cancer in remission, during the final week of the regular season. The Colts finished 11–5, good for a 9-game turnaround over the previous year and a 5th seed playoff berth. They were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round.

Looking to improve on his first season in Indy, Pagano again led the team to an 11–5 record, which was good for 1st place in the AFC South (after going 6–0 in the division). In the Wild Card matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts overcame a 28-point halftime deficit to stun the Chiefs 45–44 giving Pagano his first playoff victory. They lost in the next round to the New England Patriots.

The following year, Pagano once again led the team to an 11–5 record and first place in the division. Keeping up the trend of moving forward, the Colts would defeat both the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos in the first two rounds of the playoffs, advancing to their first AFC Championship Game under Pagano. In the AFC Championship, they lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Patriots. Before that game, the Colts had notified the league that the Patriots were allegedly under inflating the footballs (Deflategate), based on a tip from the Baltimore Ravens.

Looking to defend their back-to-back division titles and finally advance to the Super Bowl, the Colts finished 8–8 in 2015 and missed the playoffs for the first time under Pagano. Quarterback Andrew Luck struggled with injuries and played just six games. Pagano did manage to keep the Colts in playoff contention all season, which included a league-leading 6 wins with reserve quarterbacks.[6] He was given a four-year contract extension at the conclusion of the season.[7]

Pagano again coached the Colts to an 8–8 record in 2016, missing the playoffs and finishing 3rd in the AFC South.

For the 2017 season, quarterback Andrew Luck was injured and did not play in any games. The Colts finished with a 4–12 record. On December 31, 2017, an hour after defeating the Houston Texans 22–13 in the final game of the season, Pagano was fired after missing the playoffs for the third straight year.[8]

Chicago Bears

After spending the 2018 season as a consultant for various NFL teams following his firing by the Colts, Pagano was hired as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator on January 11, 2019, succeeding Vic Fangio.[9]

Personal life

Pagano was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia[10] in September 2012, and took an indefinite leave of absence of his coaching duties. He then underwent three months of treatment at the IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.[11] On November 5, doctors announced that Pagano's cancer is in remission. To support Pagano, two dozen of the Colts' players,[12] and two of their cheerleaders,[13] shaved their heads as part of a movement to support Pagano known as "CHUCKSTRONG". Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians led the Colts during the next 12 games. Pagano returned to his head coaching duties on December 24, 2012.[14][15]

Pagano is a Christian. Pagano spoke about his faith during his acute promyelocytic leukemia treatment saying, "While the alias on my ID bracelet may have read 'The Rock,' [Tina and I] both believed that Christ is the solid Rock who would see us through this."[16] He and his wife Tina are the parents of three daughters: Tara, Taylor and Tori.[17]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
IND[n 1] 2012 11 5 0 .688 2nd in AFC South 0 1 .000 Lost to Baltimore Ravens in AFC Wild Card Game.
IND 2013 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC South 1 1 .500 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Divisional Game.
IND 2014 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC South 2 1 .667 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.
IND 2015 8 8 0 .500 2nd in AFC South
IND 2016 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC South
IND 2017 4 12 0 .250 3rd in AFC South
Total 53 43 0 .552 3 3 .500


  1. ^ Pagano was present on the sidelines for four regular season games as he recovered from cancer, but the team's overall record is still officially accredited to Pagano.


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  5. ^ "Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano named new Colts head coach".
  6. ^ "Six quarterbacks, one Colts victory".
  7. ^ Wesseling, Chris (January 4, 2016). "Colts, Chuck Pagano agree on four-year extension". Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "Colts Part Ways With Head Coach Chuck Pagano". December 31, 2017.
  9. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 11, 2019). "Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator". Chicago Bears. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Carpenter, Les (December 13, 2012). "Best story of NFL season? Try Chuck Pagano, Bruce Arians and the incredible Colts". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  11. ^ Kravitz, Bob (October 1, 2012). "Colts coach Chuck Pagano facing 'serious illness'". USA Today. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  12. ^ "Colts players shave heads to honor Chuck Pagano". National Football League. November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  13. ^ Greenberg, Chris (November 25, 2012). "Colts Cheerleaders Shave Heads: Megan M, Crystal Ann Go Bald For Chuck Pagano (VIDEO/PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  14. ^ Marot, Michael (December 24, 2012). "Pagano back to coach Colts after cancer treatment". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  15. ^ Martin, Jill (December 24, 2012). "Colts coach Pagano back on the job after leukemia treatment". CNN.
  16. ^ "NFL Coach Chuck Pagano Shares His Inspirational Story of Faith, Family and Football in New Book, 'Sidelined'".
  17. ^ 2014 NFL Record & Fact Book

External links

2012 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2012 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 60th season in the National Football League and the 29th in Indianapolis. The Colts earned the first selection in the 2012 NFL Draft due to a dismal 2–14 record in 2011 and used their first pick on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The season marked the first for both head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson with the franchise.It was also the Colts' first season since 1997 without Peyton Manning on the roster as he was released by the Colts in March 2012 and signed with the Denver Broncos during that offseason. He also missed the entire 2011 season due to undergoing neck surgeries.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians served as interim head coach while Pagano underwent treatment for leukemia from week 5–16; he returned, with his cancer in remission, during the final week of the regular season. The team went 9–3 under Arians. The Colts earned a playoff berth, but were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round. This season marked the official beginning of the Andrew Luck era.

2014 Pro Bowl

The 2014 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2013 season. It took place at 2:30 pm local time on January 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game was televised nationally by NBC and was the final Pro Bowl on network television before ABC’s airing in 2018 as part of a simulcast with sister network ESPN, whose parent company Disney currently holds domestic TV rights to the game.

Significant changes to the Pro Bowl format were adopted in an attempt to make the game more "fan-friendly". These changes were proposed by National Football League Players Association president Dominique Foxworth and developed in partnership between the league and the player's union.The most significant change was a switch to a "fantasy draft" format rather than pitting AFC all-stars against NFC all-stars. Hall of Fame players Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders were chosen as honorary team captains, and joined by two active players each to assist in their selections. Chuck Pagano of the AFC South winning Indianapolis Colts coached Team Sanders, while Ron Rivera of the NFC South winning Carolina Panthers coached Team Rice. These coaches were selected for coaching the highest seeded teams to lose in the Divisional round of the playoffs, which has been the convention since the 2010 Pro Bowl.

Team Rice won the game 22–21.

2015 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2015 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 63rd season in the National Football League and the 32nd in Indianapolis. It was also the fourth season under the trio of head coach Chuck Pagano, general manager Ryan Grigson and quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts entered the 2015 season as the defending AFC South champions after compiling an 11–5 record before falling to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

After a week 8 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Colts fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and elevated associate head coach Rob Chudzinski to replace him. The Colts failed to improve from their 3 consecutive 11–5 records and finished the season at 8–8 and lost the division to the Houston Texans and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and only the 4th time since 1998. Also this was their first time to lose to the Houston Texans at home since the Texans broke into the NFL in 2002.

2016 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2016 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League and the 33rd in Indianapolis. The Colts matched their 8-8 record from 2015, however they would miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997–1998. This season would also see the Colts get swept by the Houston Texans for the first time in franchise history. As a result, the Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson after five seasons with the team. However head coach Chuck Pagano would return next year.

2017 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2017 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 65th season in the National Football League and the 34th in Indianapolis. It was also the sixth and final season under head coach Chuck Pagano, who was fired at the end of the season. It was also the first under new general manager Chris Ballard, the former Kansas City Chiefs' Director of Football Operations, following the dismissal of Ryan Grigson. The Colts were looking to improve on their 8–8 record from last year and make the playoffs for the first time since 2014. However, star quarterback Andrew Luck suffered an injury before the regular season began and was placed on the injured reserve list, putting the season in doubt.

After an ineffective performance by backup Scott Tolzien in Week 1 against the Rams, the Colts put Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback for the rest of the season. However, Brissett could not save the team as they finished 4-12 for their first losing season since 2011, and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

Anthony Walker Jr.

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Bruce Arians

Bruce Charles Arians (born October 3, 1952) is an American football coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) and a former player. He was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2013 to 2017, and also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. He also coached at the college level, serving as head coach at Temple and as an assistant at Mississippi State and Alabama. Arians is known for his trademark slogan "No risk-it, no biscuit", which encourages aggressive play and risk-taking.

Arians was the offensive coordinator of the Steelers from 2007 to 2011 after being promoted from wide receivers coach, a position that he had held with the team since the 2004 season. With the Colts, he also served as interim head coach for the during the 2012 season, when their rookie head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Arians guided the Colts to a 9–3 record over his tenure, which lasted from October 1 until Pagano's return on December 24; he was named AP NFL Coach of the Year for the season. He became the head coach of the Cardinals in 2013 following a lone season in Indianapolis. Following the 2014 season, in which Arizona posted an 11–5 record, Arians was named 2014's AP Head Coach of the Year, the second of his career.

Chuck Pagano (ESPN)

Charles E. Pagano is the Executive Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer of ESPN. He was promoted to this position in 2011 from his previous position as Executive Vice President of Technology, Engineering and Operations and retained that position during ESPN's January 2012 executive restructuring.Pagano has been with ESPN since before it began broadcasting, having joined as a technical director in 1979. He held a variety of technical positions and became head of ESPN's new technology division in 2005. Pagano has been credited with important roles in the building of ESPN's production facilities in Los Angeles (the first 1080p HD facility in the world) and Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN's move to high-definition television, and the development of ESPN 3D, the first 3D television network in the U.S. He was named to the Sporting News "Power 100" list in 2003 and 2006.A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, Pagano received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1984, and a Master of Science degree in organizational psychology in 2007, both from the University of Hartford and also studies astronomy in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University.

Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders

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List of Indianapolis Colts seasons

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NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

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The first six editions of the game were played in Carson, California, at the venue then known as Home Depot Center and StubHub Center. Starting with the 2018 edition, the game is held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

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Snow Bowl (2017)

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Ted Monachino

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