On today’s show, Pat welcomes one of his white whales. Former Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts and current Defensive Coordinator of the Chicago Bears, Chuck Pagano, finally joins the show. He and Pat chat about the adjustments he had to make during his time away from football, the season he was diagnosed with cancer and he dives deep into his process to recovery. They also reminisce on a couple of their seasons together, and Chuck looks ahead to all the weapons he’ll have on the Bears defense (2:52-35:37). Later, Pat and the guys discuss plans for what to expect once they get to Atlanta, and Pat teases some guests that may be stopping by. Pat also recaps his weekend in Phoenix for the WWE NXT Takeover preshow, playing golf with AQ Shipley and Foxy, and how he had perhaps the best steak on the west coast. The guys also recap the Pro Bowl and offer a few enhancements, discuss the final few moments left in the weight loss competition, and Pat details his near death experience driving to work. Today’s a good one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.
On today’s show, Pat welcomes former Packer great, Super Bowl Champion, partner in the booth, and friend of the show, AJ Hawk, for the debut of a new segment. They cover Pat’s NFL broadcasting debut and what AJ heard from some of his friends still playing on the Packers. They also discuss the two playoff matchups this weekend, and chat about what AJ has been doing recently, what he wants his endgame to be professionally, and why he isn’t a fan of debate shows on TV (2:07-37:26). Later, Pat and the guys discuss some things that are going on in the world including a potential new comedy tour, a few things that they didn’t know about Zito, they chat about dogs and some of the other creatures that are roaming around the McAfee estate, and do a quick check-in on the weight loss challenge. Plus Pat tells a few more stories about Chuck Pagano when they first met each other. It’s a good one, come and laugh with us. Cheers.
I’m a Colts fan but when Peyton Manning went to Denver, I also became a Broncos fan until the day he left. I loved that dude, so my fandom would follow him wherever he played. The same principle applies here. If these two guys pair back up to coach the Browns…I’m all in!
Bruce Arians provided color commentary for CBS in the Chiefs win over the Browns last Sunday. During a break Arians was asked by the Canton Repository if he would consider being a head coach again. His response was “Cleveland is the only job I would consider.” Then he went on to say that if he got that job, Chuck Pagano would be his choice for Defensive Coordinator. Holy Shit!!! Is this possible?!
I have to think as soon as GM John Dorsey read this, phone calls were made. Colts fans loved these guys when they were together here. I think the only problem was, most of us would’ve preferred Arians as the head coach and Pagano as defensive coordinator. In 2012, this duo led the Colts, who were 2-14 the year before, to a record of 11-5. That’s the year Pagano was battling Leukemia and had to turn the reins over to Arians in week 5. We were 2-2 at that point and under Arians, went 9-3. Many of us think Chuck Pagano was a bit conservative and that Arians’ “let it eat” attitude better suited an offense led by Andrew Luck.
The Ravens defense was 3rd overall when Pagano was there and after the Colts fired him, it looked like the Ravens were very interested in bringing Pagano back.
Obviously, he didn’t become the defensive coordinator for the Ravens. I couldn’t find a report that explained why. Maybe it’s because the Colts’ defense finished 30th in the last two years that Pagano was head coach. But the Ravens knew that before they reached out to him so I’m going to put my detective hat back on say it’s more likely that he told them he wasn’t interested. If that’s the case, it’s possible he just wasn’t ready to jump back in the game yet and wanted to take some time off to spend with his family.
But what if he and Bruce Arians, who had just retired as head coach of the Cardinals, met for drinks and discussed what the future would hold for each of them? Neither of these guys are starving, so if they wanted to return to coaching they could each afford to wait for the right opportunity to come along. Even a schmuck like me was aware that if Cleveland didn’t turn things around this year, Hue Jackson was getting the boot. So, let’s assume both these former head coaches were aware of that as well.
So, when you add that to the fact that Bruce Arians just announced his desire to take over as head coach at Cleveland and to bring Pagano with him…it’s not unreasonable to assume that he had communicated that information to Pagano before he leaked it to the press.
Now, Hue Jackson is gone and the Browns will have to make a decision for next year. If they decide to go with an experienced head coach that has a proven track record and a talent for getting the most out of a quarterbacks that are #1 draft picks…I’d say Bruce Arians and Chuck Pagano are in a pretty good spot.
Pat gives his thoughts on what is now considered one of the worst plays in NFL history, and how it was never supposed to shake out the way that it did.