Report: Cardinals, Browns interested in Chuck Pagano

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Chuck Pagano met with the Panthers on Thursday and Carolina appears to have company in pursuit of the former Colts head coach.

The Arizona Republic reports that that the Cardinals have expressed interest in talking to Pagano about their defensive coordinator position. The Cardinals have also been linked to former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph and both men share head coaching experience that is likely of interest given Kliff Kingsbury’s lack of NFL coaching experience.

The Browns are also reportedly interested in Pagano, who was an assistant with Cleveland in the past. The Browns also have a first-time head coach in Freddie Kitchens, so his experience is likely part of the allure for Cleveland as well.

Pagano was out of the NFL in 2018 after ending his run as the head coach in Indianapolis. He also interviewed for the top job in Green Bay and Denver before those teams went in different directions.

6 responses to “Report: Cardinals, Browns interested in Chuck Pagano

  1. This is the veteran 3-4 DC they are seeking? He was only a DC for 1 season in Baltimore, basically inherited a great defense and didn’t screw it up before getting the Colts gig.

    Not sure who is a better candidate at this point, but predetermining that the coordinator must run a 3-4 scheme when their best front 7 player isn’t scheme dependant instead of just taking the best guy available (Gregg Williams, Jack Del Rio) seems foolhardy when they are clearly looking at a major rebuild.

  2. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    January 10, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    This is the veteran 3-4 DC they are seeking? He was only a DC for 1 season in Baltimore, basically inherited a great defense and didn’t screw it up before getting the Colts gig.

    Not sure who is a better candidate at this point, but predetermining that the coordinator must run a 3-4 scheme when their best front 7 player isn’t scheme dependant instead of just taking the best guy available (Gregg Williams, Jack Del Rio) seems foolhardy when they are clearly looking at a major rebuild.

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    Chandler Jones prefers and plays better in 3-4.

    Check his twitter after they announced they want to go back to 3-4.

    Also, Cards don’t have the personnel to run a 4-3, and do have the personnel to run a 3-4.

    They are just going back to a much more familiar and successful system (obviously with some tweaks depending on whoever is the DC) for them after Wilks 4-3 system was a disaster.

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