(Dec. 12, after the Ravens beat the Colts 24-10.) Technically, this one could still turn out to be true. But after watching the Ravens gets scorched by San Diego, I'm thinking that maybe Chuck needs another year before he becomes a hot name on the coaching market. I have little doubt he's going to get his chance eventually. Every person who has been the Ravens defensive coordinator before Pagano has eventually become a head coach. But if I were a general manager, I'd still like to see how he fared against Tom Brady before I threw a bunch of money at him, which is good news for Baltimore. The Ravens have been fortunate with the draw this year in that, outside of Ben Roethlisberger, they've really only faced one of the game's best quarterbacks (Philip Rivers). And as a result, they've been able to blitz a lot more and really create havoc with their pass rush. A similar thing may happen when they face T.J. Yates. But I'm still fascinated by the potential matchup with Brady that looms if they can take care of business Sunday. (Pats, too, of course.) The next several weeks are going to be a tremendous test for Pagano. I think he'll almost certainly be back in Baltimore next year, but if he can somehow coach his butt off and find ways to beat Arian Foster, Tom Brady and then Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees in the Super Bowl, he deserves his pick of job offers. Right now though, the way thinks are shaping up, I think he's going to need at least one more year of seasoning.
Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun