Chuck Pagano
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Chuck Pagano
Date of birth October 2 1960 (1960-10-02) (age 59)
Place of birth Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
No. N/A
Career highlights
Coaching Record / Statistics
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Career player statistics (if any)
Regular season record:     53–43 (.552)
Postseason record:     3-3 (.500)
Overall career coaching record:     56-46 (.549) as of 2017
Team(s) as a player (if any)
Team(s) as a coach/administrator (if any)













Southern California
(Graduate Assistant)
Miami (Florida)
(Graduate Assistant)
Boise State
East Carolina
(Defensive Backs)
(Defensive Backs)
(Defensive Coordinator)
East Carolina
(Defensive Backs/ Linebackers)
Miami (Florida)
(Defensive Backs/ STU)
Cleveland Browns
Oakland Raiders
(Defensive Backs)
North Carolina
(Defensive Coordinator)
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
(Defensive Coordinator)
Indianapolis Colts
(Head Coach)

Charles D. "Chuck" Pagano (born October 2, 1960) is an American football coach and former player who most recently served as the head coach for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL from 2012 until 2017. He was formerly the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. He is the older brother of Houston Texans Outside Linebackers coach John Pagano. After the Colts fired him following the 2017 season, Pagano took time off from coaching, working as a consultant for the NFL.[1]

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

College career[edit | edit source]

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

Pagano first linked with Butch Davis in 1995, returning to 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 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.

NFL[edit | edit source]

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 defensive backs coach of the Oakland Raiders. In 2006, the Raiders' pass defensive allowed just 151 yards per game, and total defense just 285. 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.[2] 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.[3].

On January 25, 2012, Chuck Pagano was named the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.[4]

Indianapolis Colts[edit | edit source]

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]

Personal[edit | edit source]

Pagano was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia[9] in September 2012, and took an indefinite leave of absence of his coaching duties. He then underwent 3 months of treatment at the IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.[10] On November 5, doctors announced that Pagano's cancer is in remission. To support Pagano, two dozen of the Colts players,[11] and two of their cheerleaders,[12] 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.[13][14]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
IND 2012 11 5 0 .688 2nd in AFC South 0 1 .000 Lost to Baltimore Ravens in AFC Wild Card Game
IND 2013 0 0 0 .000 AFC South 0 0 .000
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

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