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Published January 26, 2012
INDY'S NEW ERA: In Indianapolis, Mike Chappell notes former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano is the "latest cornerstone set in place in the Colts' major restoration project." A news conference is scheduled for today to introduce him as head coach. Colts Owner Jim Irsay and GM Ryan Grigson "settled on Pagano following a search that was extensive but spanned only nine days" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 1/26). ESPN's Chris Mortensen said of Pagano, "He's a big personality, he’s aggressive, tenacious. That's what he is going to bring to the Colts and that's something that owner Jim Irsay and General Manager Ryan Grigson wanted" ("NFL 32," ESPN2, 1/25). In Indianapolis, Bob Kravitz writes the "tectonic plates have shifted." The Colts, bastions "of consistency, stability and success for more than a decade, are starting out with a clean slate, starting anew with a first-time GM, a first-time head coach and, almost certainly, a first-time NFL quarterback." Kravitz writes just because Pagano "doesn't have a big name now doesn't mean he won't become a big name down the road." Irsay has "done the hard thing here; maybe, at some level, the unpopular thing." And now, it is "only a matter of time before he does the most unpopular thing of all -- figure out the proper and most graceful exit strategy" for QB Peyton Manning (INDIANAPOLIS STAR ,1/26).