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Pagano Named Colts’ Head Coach

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(Credits: Gene Sweeney Jr../The Baltimore Sun)

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as head coach, according to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio.

Pagano, 51, was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2011 after severing three seasons as secondary coach. In his time, he improved the Ravens’ defensive ranking from 10th in 2010 to third this season. Known for his attacking, aggressive play-calling, the Ravens went from having a franchise-worst 27 sacks last season to 48 in 2011.

He becomes the fourth Ravens defensive coordinator to be hired elsewhere as a head coach, joining Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan and Rex Ryan.

With Pagano’s departure, the 2012 season will mark the third in a row the Ravens will have a different defensive coordinator.

The top ideal candidates to replace him are linebackers coach Dean Pees and defensive line coach Clarence Brooks.

Pees served as the New England Patriots defensive coordinator from 2006-2009 before joining the Ravens staff in 2010.

Prior to joining the Ravens staff in 2005, Brooks had NFL stops with the Miami Dolphins (2000-2004), Cleveland Browns (1999) and Chicago Bears (1993-1998) all as a defensive line coach.