Former Colts HC Chuck Pagano tells Ian Rapoport that he’s ready for a new opportunity in the NFL whether it’s as a head coach or as a coordinator.
“Knowing what I know now, having a chance to sit back and reflect and evaluate a lot of things that we did both good and bad, now you have an opportunity to hopefully — if you have another opportunity, whether it’s a head coach, a coordinator or assistant coach, it doesn’t matter,” Pagano said. “I just love coaching. I love competing. I love the players. I love the coaches. I love the camaraderie, the competition, games, that’s what you really miss.
“Whatever capacity I get into, I’ll be able to — if I go as an assistant somewhere — I’ll be able to share some of our experiences that we’ve had, and obviously the stuff that I’ve learned this season.”
“I’ll end up where I’m supposed to end up,” Pagano added. “And if nothing happens, nothing happens. I’m good, I’m blessed, I’m better for my six years in Indy. Again, like I said, I have no regrets. Again, whatever happens, happens.”
Head Coach Candidates
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has obtained the list of Career Development Advisory Panel’s list of recommended head-coaching candidates.
- According to Florio, first-tier candidates include: Cowboys DBs coach/Passing game coordinator Kris Richard, Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt, Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, former Packers HC Mike McCarthy, Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores, and former Colts and Lions HC Jim Caldwell.
- The second-tier list includes Saints DC Dennis Allen, Chargers DC Gus Bradley, Saints assistant HC/TEs coach Dan Campbell, Bears DC Vic Fangio, Ravens DC Don Martindale, and Buccaneers OC Todd Monken.
- Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Wednesday that G J.R. Sweezy’s sprained foot is still “pretty sore” but they consider him day to day. (Brady Henderson)