Today, doctor Larry Cripe declared that Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is clear to return to coaching on the sideline. He will probably be safe and wait until Monday to re-join team, right as their work begins for Week 17’s re-match with the Houston Texans.
Cripe has mentioned that Pagano is eating well and working out.
After Pagano announced his leukemia diagnosis on October 1st, the #Chuckstrong Colts won 8 of 11 games with Bruce Arians as interim coach and with Pagano making occasional appearances around the Colts facility and in locker rooms. Their defense could get a boost from some of his hands-on assistance. Opponents have piled on 23+ points in four of the last five games.
The Colts will clinch a Wild Card spot if they win Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. They can also clinch if the Pittsburgh Steelers lose to the Cincinnati Bengals. There is one other scenario for Sunday as well.
The story of Pagano has resonated all throughout the NFL landscape with Colts players, a few cheerleaders, and Baltimore Ravens DT Art Jones shaving their heads in recognition of Pagano.
Arians is now being mentioned alongside Alabama and ex-Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, and Oregon head coach Chip Kelly as hot 2013 head coaching candidates. Positions could open up with the San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, and many others.
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