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Chuck Pagano Returns to Work and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On December 26, 2012 @ 7:53 am In Colts News | No Comments
Press conferences don’t often have standing ovations unless someone announces “free food!”
Chuck Pagano’s return to the Indianapolis Colts was not your normal press conference.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star  writes that Pagano’s return was greeted with joy from everyone.
The most poignant story is that the light in Pagano’s office that was left on for his return has finally been turned off.
Pagano’s inspiring triumph and gracious remarks cap what has been one of the most remarkable stories in the 2012 NFL season and have provided hope to thousands battling cancer.
For the Indianapolis Colts, Pagano’s return should provide tangible, real-world results as well. The Colts currently field the worst defense in football , and have desperately missed Pagano, the teacher and technician.
As important as Pagano has been as a motivational tool, he’s more important as a coach, leader and game-planner.
After all, Jim Irsay hired him and not Tony Robbins to be the head coach.
The Colts have failed to improve in any area on defense over the course of the year, and the defensive backs especially are terrible without exception.
Pagano’s background as a secondary coach should be invaluable to helping the Colts fix glaring weaknesses in one of the NFL’s worst units.
Honoring Pagano as a survivor has had its place, but now the best way to respect the man is to treat him as if he were any other NFL head coach.
I’m sure Pagano would want to be seen as a coach rather than as a plot line.
Chase Stuart of Football Perspective  discusses who should win the Coach of the Year award.
The Football Outsiders  present their Week 16 thoughts in Audibles at the Line.
Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts  has his weekly Captain Comeback column.
Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus  looks at the Vikings and Texans.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle  says Gary Kubiak wants to fix mistakes.
McClain wonders if it will help the Texans  that they’ve played Andrew Luck before.
Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star  hands out “presents” to members of the Colts.
Arthur Arkush of Pro Football Weekly  says J.J. Watt has forced the Colts to rethink the viability of two of their linemen.
Matt Grecco of Stampede Blue  continues to marvel at how bad the Colts’ numbers are.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com  says Bud Adams knows the fans are unhappy.
Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus  looks at the Titans-Packers game again.
David Boclair of the City Paper  says Mike Munchak thinks the Titans’ problems can be fixed.
John Breitenbach of Pro Football Focus  looks at the Jaguars-Patriots game.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union  says the Jags get a high pick in a weak draft.
O’Halloran writes  that Cecil Shorts went on IR, ending his shot at 1,000 yards receiving.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121224/SPORTS15/212240322/1058/SPORTS03
 the worst defense in football: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/teamdef
 Football Perspective: http://www.footballperspective.com/who-should-win-coach-of-the-year-in-the-nfl/
 Football Outsiders: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/audibles/2012/audibles-line-week-16
 Cold Hard Football Facts: http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/content/captain-comeback-week-16-steelers-meltdown-complete/20357/
 Pro Football Focus: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/12/24/refo-vikings-texans-week-16/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/12/kubiak-weve-got-a-lot-of-mistakes-to-fix/
 wonders if it will help the Texans: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/12/will-familiarity-help-luck-or-texans/
 Indianapolis Star: http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2012/12/24/ho-ho-ho-christmas-presents-for-the-colts/
 Pro Football Weekly: http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/12/21/watt-will-force-colts-to-seek-more-help-protecting
 Stampede Blue: http://www.stampedeblue.com/2012/12/24/3800654/2012-nfl-week-sixteen-inside-the-colts-numbers
 ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/45326/titans-adams-knows-fans-are-unhappy
 Pro Football Focus: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/12/23/refo-titans-packers-week-16/
 City Paper: http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/sports/munchak-says-titans-problems-although-numerous-can-be-fixed
 Pro Football Focus: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/12/24/refo-patriots-jaguars-week-16/
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/2012-12-25/story/jags-empty-stocking
 O’Halloran writes: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-12-24/story/jaguars-notebook-maurice-jones-drew-questionable-cecil
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
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