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Pagano doesn’t see an issue with converting Colts pass rushers

Chuck Pagano, Jim Irsay AP

New Colts coach Chuck Pagano is going to run a different kind of Colts defense.

While Pagano wouldn’t come right out and say he was scrapping the old Colts model, he made it clear a Ravens-style attack defense is on the way.

“I was talking to Mr. Irsay, if Wade Phillips can go to the Houston Texans and install the 3-4 with no offseason and make Mario Williams an outside linebacker and stand him up on early downs, that the two explosive, great athletes, the great pass rushers that we have on the edge here, I don’t see an issue,” Pagano said.

The Colts don’t really “have” Robert Mathis anymore. He’s a free agent. It wouldn’t make sense to re-sign him to a monster deal in order to change his position.  Pagano talked about molding his defense to the talent in town, but he also talked about setting a “tempo” on defense and dictating to offenses.

That’s the opposite of the old Tony Dungy approach. It’s a sign we can expect to see Dwight Freeney playing in ways we haven’t seen him play before.

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19 Responses to “Pagano doesn’t see an issue with converting Colts pass rushers”
  1. thekingdave says: Jan 27, 2012 4:51 PM

    It is an issue. You’re not Wade Phillips.

  2. conbro8 says: Jan 27, 2012 4:52 PM

    They DO “have” Jerry Hughes, who was a linebacker in college, whom the Polians drafted to convert to a DE. We the fans have worried about this kid being a bust, but now he may just prove his worth. Can’t wait to see some new defensive schemes! Sick of the Tampa-2!

  3. brenenostler says: Jan 27, 2012 4:54 PM

    I’m more concerned about the offense. Do you make Reggie and Dallas Clark learn a new system after all these years of mastering the current one? These guys could easily teach it to Luck. I don’t think the offense should change.

  4. panamon says: Jan 27, 2012 5:03 PM

    The Chargers want Mathis for the same purpose with their own Pagano and it doesn’t look like he’s staying in Indy.

  5. knowerofallthings says: Jan 27, 2012 5:21 PM

    Rebuilding is underway

  6. burntorangehorn says: Jan 27, 2012 5:29 PM

    conbro8 says:Jan 27, 2012 4:52 PM

    They DO “have” Jerry Hughes, who was a linebacker in college, whom the Polians drafted to convert to a DE. We the fans have worried about this kid being a bust, but now he may just prove his worth. Can’t wait to see some new defensive schemes! Sick of the Tampa-2!
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    What makes you think Jerry Hughes played linebacker at TCU? He played RB and KR in college (I’m not sure if he moonlighted on defense, but those were his impact roles), converted to DE as a true freshman at TCU, and played that position his entire college career.

  7. packerman1968 says: Jan 27, 2012 6:00 PM

    Has Tony Dungy been consulted about this?

    I am sure he will have something to say about how his ex players are being used.

  8. hanktheking says: Jan 27, 2012 6:24 PM

    And with the second pick in the second round the colts will take a pass rusher. Let’s not kid ourselves, Jerry Hughes is a bust.

  9. tatum064 says: Jan 27, 2012 6:25 PM

    They both look like land swindlers in the pic.

    Pagano ran his big mouth in Oakland on Al Davis, and quite frankly lucked his way into a Raven team with an already established defense.

    He’ll LUCK his way into a top QB, but this hire is far from a slam-dunk.

  10. nardointhenati says: Jan 27, 2012 6:45 PM

    Im not ready to classify Jerry Hughes as a bust just yet. The Hendricks and Lott Award winner and Nagurski Finalist could fit nicely in the Terrell Suggs spot. Im guessing Pagano has looked at the puzzle pieces he’s got and likes what he has or he wouldnt have signed on.

  11. nardointhenati says: Jan 27, 2012 7:07 PM

    And before I get slammed for even mentioning Suggs and Hughes in the same breath I want to clarify that I do not think Hughes is even near Suggs level but as a DC I would assume you have to put your #1 pick DE/OSLB in there and let him sink or swim.

  12. 49erstim says: Jan 27, 2012 8:27 PM

    It would be a refreshing change to see this Colts defense stop ANYBODY when it counted…. HOWEVER…. I dont see an “Ed Reed” or a “Ray Lewis” either currently on the roster or in the current draft class. You’ve got your work cut out for you Sir.

  13. waxedagain says: Jan 27, 2012 9:21 PM

    “I’m more concerned about the offense. Do you make Reggie and Dallas Clark learn a new system after all these years of mastering the current one? These guys could easily teach it to Luck. I don’t think the offense should change.”

    Pay attention to the trend, Homer. Reggie and Clark won’t be there in 2012. Luck and the Colts will be following a more West Coast offense. Stay tuned for the new OC.

  14. nardointhenati says: Jan 27, 2012 11:41 PM

    This is a good year to “rebuild” a defense. There isnt a Ed Reed or Ray Lewis but the Colts could pick up any of those studs from Alabama and consider it a major upgrade at many positions.

  15. ravensfan4life52 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:53 PM

    I miss Chuck

  16. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 28, 2012 12:13 AM

    The only constant in life is change.

  17. eastcoastv says: Jan 28, 2012 12:21 AM

    You can’t say you are “hunting”

    That belongs to the Ravens. You can’t abandon us and steal everything.

  18. dennychimes says: Jan 28, 2012 7:27 AM

    Whoa!!!!!! C’mon People, the guy hasnt even gotten an ass dent in his chair and some want to cut his legs off. Fact: The Colts were dismal this year. Call it Suck for Luck or whatever you want, the fact is they were horrible. Let the man do his job, give him a chance, SUPPORT him a little, you just might be surprised. Look at it this way, Atleast he is trying!! Afterall The Irsays put all their eggs in Peytons Basket and now they have to suffer for not Building during his tenure for a future when he wouldnt be there. Chuck will do fine but hes gonna need Colts fans to support his efforts, not beat him down. Look what he has to work with.

  19. chefjayson says: Jan 29, 2012 8:53 PM

    Not entirely sure where you think that Colts fans aren supporting him. Suppose I can’t speak for all Colts nation, but I doubt very seriously I’m the only one that’s excited about the changes. Under Peytons tenure, Colts fans have been treated to doubl digit wins almost every year. So having sat through last season, I assure you we want to get back to that as soon as possible. Also…you’ll br hard pressed to find a Colts fan that actually likes the defense getting shredded while sitting back in the Tampa-2. We are ABSOLUTELY ready for the changes he’s making. Why don’t you give us a chance to support him before you spew onto the internet?

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