By Matt Vensel
5:00 PM EST, January 25, 2012
Now-former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano accepted an offer Wednesday to become the next coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He replaced Jim Caldwell, who was fired after the Colts went 2-14 this past season. Pagano, who was the defensive coordinator for one season, is tasked with getting the Colts, who have the No. 1 pick in April’s draft and Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning (in limbo), back to the playoffs.
Pagano is the fourth former defensive coordinator in the 16-year history of the Ravens to become a head coach elsewhere. Here’s a quick look at how the first three coordinators fared after leaving Baltimore:
Marvin Lewis: Lewis, who has been the coach of the Cincinnati Bengals since 2003, was Baltimore’s first defensive coordinator after the franchise moved from Cleveland before the 1996 season. In Cincinnati, he has coached the Bengals to a 69-74-1 record and two AFC North titles, but he’s still looking for his first playoff win. He was rumored to be on the hot seat entering 2011, but he is safe after securing a wild-card spot with a 9-7 record.
Mike Nolan: Nolan, who succeeded Lewis as defensive coordinator, was in charge of the Ravens defense from 2002 to 2004. He then accepted a job as coach of the San Francisco 49ers. In three and a half seasons in San Francisco, Nolan had an 18-37 record. His best season was a 7-9 campaign in 2006. Fired during the 2008 season, he was a defensive coordinator in Denver and Miami before joining the Atlanta Falcons this month.
Rex Ryan: Ah, yes. We’re quite familiar with what Mr. Ryan has been up to since he left the Ravens for the New York Jets after the 2008 season. Ryan, who coached the defensive line when the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000 and became defensive coordinator when Nolan left, piloted the Jets to the AFC championship game in 2009 and 2010. But in 2011, the Jets finished 8-8, missed the playoffs and are currently in turmoil.
(Blogger's note: Greg Mattison is the only former Ravens defensive coordinator who hasn't gotten a head coaching gig in the NFL. Mattison, who coached the defense in 2009 and 2010, was defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan in 2011. The Wolverines went 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl.)
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