Although he’d probably never admit it, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has to feel a bit surprised to be in this position with his team right now. The Colts continue their dream season with a wildcard playoff game against Pagano’s former team, the Baltimore Ravens. Pagano and the Colts have shocked the NFL with their success this season, and now stand on the precipice of taking it all to the next level.
Pagano was a defensive coach with the Ravens from 2008 until 2011, as both a secondary coach and defensive coordinator. This Sunday, the rookie head coach will lead this upstart Indianapolis team back to the not-so friendly confines of a Baltimore franchise that used to wear the blue horseshoe themselves. It’s a story that seems more out of a sports movie than real life, but the uncanny adventure continues, regardless.
Pagano inspired his home fans by returning to the sideline last week, for the first time since September. His return to Baltimore will surely be a little bittersweet. The Colts coach will almost certainly get many more hugs and handshakes from his former team before and after Sunday’s playoff game, but all respect aside, there is a job to be done. Pagano and the Colts will be looking to end Baltimore’s season, in hopes of advancing towards a title.