This was the hope on January 25, 2012, when the Indianapolis Colts made former Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano, their new head coach. So far, so good, as Pagano’s fingerprints can already be seen defensively on the Colts’ roster.
The Indianapolis Colts quietly scooped up former, yet effective Raven castoffs like defensive end Cory Redding, safety Tom Zbikowski, and nose tackle Brandon McKinney. While none of these players will or should be confused with Raven stars the likes of defensive end Terrell Suggs, safety Ed Reed, or defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, they were all solid contributors for a Ravens defense in 2011 that remained one of the league’s elite.
Pagano’s new motto is to “Build the Monster”, as he supposedly made new blue t-shirts for all of the current Colts containing this fresh tag line. Right now, the foundation appears to be solid. No, the Colts didn’t make a giant splash in free agency and sign a defensive monster like former Texan and sackmaster Mario Williams, who was just awarded a mega deal with the Buffalo Bills.
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