Ravens reportedly considering Chuck Pagano or Vic Fangio for vacant defensive coordinator job
For the first time in 6 years, the Ravens defensive coordinator job is vacant as former DC Dean Pees officially heads towards retirement.
The Ravens didn’t waste any time searching for candidates after their crushing and season-ending defeat against the lifeless Bengals. Many throughout social media blamed the outcome on Dean Pees’ play call on 4th and 12 which was a disguised zone after playing man during that whole drive, but this had nothing to do with his announcement as it got leaked the night before.
Two days after finishing the season 9-7, the Ravens are reportedly focusing their search on to former Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as potential candidates for the vacancy.
Two top guys to keep an eye on in Ravens search for new D-coordinator are Chuck Pagano and Vic Fanzio.
— Mike Preston (@MikePrestonSun) January 1, 2018
Both these candidates have history in Baltimore, here’s a more detailed look:
Since losing his head coaching job with the Colts, Pagano has reportedly been contacted by the Ravens and as of right now is the main candidate.
Pagano was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore in 2011 before leaving or Indianapolis the following year. During that 12-4 season, the Pagano led Ravens defense finished the season ranked third overall. Here’s a more detailed look at those Pagano’s time in Baltimore.
|Defensive Category/Coach||Chuck Pagano(2011-12)||Dean Pees(2017-18)|
|Points per game||16.6||18.9|
Pagano’s defense with the Colts this season was one of the worst in the league, not because of poor coaching but due to lack of talent. That shouldn’t be a problem he’d face in Baltimore as depth stands to be a strength for Baltimore, especially after free agency and the draft.
If Pagano does end up in Baltimore, I’d expect him to help produce a similar season to 2011 as he’ll have endless weapons at his disposal on all aspects of the defense and I’m sure Ozzie will add on to the arsenal in the coming nine months.
I’m sure most Ravens fans haven’t heard of this name at all or at least for a while but believe it or not Fangio has been in the league for the past 31 years(13 longer than Pees & Pagano). In fact, he was with the Ravens from 2006-2009 as the Linebackers coach.
Fangio is one of the most experienced candidates for this defensive coordinator position and the fact that he has been with Baltimore in the past might help make this position more enticing.
Fangio has been defensive coordinator in this league for 18 seasons with teams like the Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers(during 2012 Super Bowl vs. Ravens) and is currently with the Chicago Bears.
Fangio’s best season as a defensive coordinator was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 which was also the same year the Ravens beat his team in the Super Bowl. Here’s a side by side comparison of his 2012 season with Dean Pees previous one.
|Defensive Category/Coach||Vic Fangio(2011-2012)||Dean Pees(2017-18)|
|Points allowed per game||17.1||18.9|
Fangio’s name has been floating throughout the league and has been rumored to draw interest from multiple teams including the Green Bay Packers who just fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers after 9 years with the team and even the Chicago Bears who are looking to fill in their head coach vacancy.
The only tangible thing as of right now is the contact made between the Ravens and Pagano. As of now, it looks like the Ravens might make Pagano their priority but man it’d be great to have who Bears defenders call the “mastermind” Vic Fangio.
At the present, these Pagano and Fangio reportedly seem to be the Ravens priorities, but the Ravens do have a history of promoting from within the organization so one other candidate to watch out for is Don “Wink” Martindale.
For a little better understanding of reported Ravens DC candidate Don “Wink” Martindale (who is very good buddies with Rex Ryan), check out my Coaches In Cars video with him last year: https://t.co/RNjrIRpYIJ
— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) January 2, 2018
Personally, I would love to see Pagano back in town because his success in Baltimore led the Ravens to one of their best seasons as a defense. And it makes it a lot easier when he already has a great relationship with John Harbaugh.
Harbaugh considers Pagano’s ability to relate with the players he coaches as one of his most outstanding qualities as a coach, a quality which the Ravens defense will need in order to make use of all the young talent drafted these past couples of seasons.