Chuck Pagano

Chuck Pagano

Former NFL Head Coach

Chuck Pagano is a former NFL head coach and assistant with a coaching career that spans 36 seasons in the NFL and college. He is best known for his tenure with the Indianapolis Colts, a team he took over after the franchise lost Peyton Manning to injury and went 2-14 in 2011. The Colts went 11-5 in his first year in charge, then won two straight AFC South titles.

Pagano started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at both USC and Miami (Florida) before making jumps all over the country. The NFL is where Pagano carved out his most notable reputation as Baltimore Ravens secondary coach and defensive coordinator,  parlaying his success into the head coaching job in Indy.  With the Colts he made the playoffs his first three seasons and had a winning percentage of 68.5 during that time.

He managed that despite being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in 2012. The team adapted the “ChuckStrong” motto and dedicated its season to the head coach during his treatment. Two dozen players and two cheerleaders shaved their heads in support of Pagano. Doctors later announced his cancer was in remission. 

Pagano’s defenses are his legacy. While he coached the Ravens, his schemes helped Terrell Suggs become 2011 Defensive Player of the Year. After leaving the Colts, Pagano made a stop with the Chicago Bears, where he helped Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith dominate.

Pagano grew up in Boulder, Colorado and attended Fairview High School. While at Fairview, he was a three-year letter winner and a two-year starter at safety. Pagano then attended the University of Wyoming and earned a degree in marketing.

Pagano and his wife have three children.


Jaguars Will Be Playoff Contenders for Years to Come

Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt were stunned by the effort the Jaguars put forth to almost beat the Chiefs in Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup. Pagano says we will be talking about the Jaguars for years to come. Plus, Patrick Mahomes shows a new level of grit.


Bengals DC Lou Anarumo Should Be Head Coaching Candidate

Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt join host Charles Davis to break down the Bengals’ dominating performance against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional Round. Their defense was electric, and defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo should be in consideration for head coaching jobs.


Bengals’ Defense Must Bring Pressure Against Injured Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is expected to play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game despite a high ankle sprain. Charles Davis, Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt preview the Bengals-Chiefs matchup, and Wannstedt believes the Bengals must force Mahomes to be superman by bringing pressure and seeing how his ankle responds.


Coaches Room: NFC Championship Preview – Points Will Be at Premium

The Big 12 fans in the house might recall that Sunday’s NFC Championship Game won’t be the first time the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts and the 49ers’ Brock Purdy have faced each other, but this isn’t the Oklahoma-Iowa State barn-burner from November 2019. Charles Davis, Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt break down the NFC matchup and […]


Cowboys’ Formation Fail Even Worse Than Colts’ 2015 Fiasco?

Chuck Pagano harkens back to the Indianapolis Colts’ special teams snafu on their infamously failed trick play against New England in 2015 and compares it to Dallas’ failed final play against San Francisco in the 2023 Divisional Round. Was this among the most foolish trick plays in recent NFL history? Pagano breaks it down.


Giants vs. Eagles Divisonal Round Preview

Though the Eagles beat the Giants twice this season, Philadelphia will need to focus on stopping the red-hot Daniel Jones. Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt preview the Giants vs. Eagles Divisional matchup.


Bengals vs. Bills Comes Down to Burrow vs. Allen

Charles Davis, Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt preview the Bengals at Bills rematch of Week 17’s canceled game. Josh Allen and Joe Burrow are among the best QBs in the game, but Allen has struggled with turnovers, while Burrow’s offensive line is now missing multiple starters going on the road to Buffalo. Pagano believes that […]


Colts Must Get Franchise Quarterback in 2023 NFL Draft

Chuck Pagano doesn’t care if the Colts move up or stay at pick No. 4 in the 2023 NFL Draft. All he cares about is that the Colts stop the veteran quarterback carousel they’ve been on for a half-decade and invest in drafting a true franchise QB like Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud or Will Levis.

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