According to Jeff Zrebiec and Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Ravens are in talks with Chuck Pagano in attempt to fill the Ravens defensive coordinator void.
This void comes after longtime Ravens defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Dean Pees retired after the team’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Pees will definitely be remembered even if it was because his defense was always ranked high or his notorious “prevent defense” that has cost the Ravens in countless games.
After Pees retirement many Ravens players spoke very highly of him including middle linebacker C.J Mosley who said “A lot of respect for him. I love him as a coach and as a man.”
Despite Pees needing a proper send-off the team will need to way their options, and pick quick as other teams will also be filling their empty coaching positions. The Ravens also need a defensive coordinator who can help the club end their dry spell of missing the playoffs for three straight years.
That guy could be Chuck Pagano who was recently fired by the Indianapolis Colts and has experience with the Ravens and John Harbaugh. It was not that long ago (only 2011) that Chuck Pagano was the Ravens defensive coordinator.
Pagano had success in that year taking the Ravens passing defense from 21st to number one while being first in defensive passing touchdowns allowed, and also having the 2nd least rushing yards allowed.
Pagano also served as the secondary coach from 2008-2010 in which the team saw a stout defense. This would be great for the Ravens who have a young secondary consisting of Marlon Humphrey, Maurice Canady, and Chuck Clark.
I personally would love to see Pagano come back to the Ravens and I can only imagine what could have happened last Sunday if Chuck Pagano was the Ravens defensive coordinator. Maybe even the Ravens wouldn’t be on their couches but rather be practicing for a Wild Card Playoff game?