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John Pagano - San Diego Chargers Linebackers Coach
15th NFL Season, 11th with Chargers
Pagano spent the last 10 seasons on San Diego’s staff and has coached linebackers since 2005, helping develop Shaun Phillips and Shawne Merriman among other players, most recently Antwan Barnes and Donald Butler.
“John has worked extremely hard and been very patient to get this opportunity,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “I’m excited about John’s experience with this defense, his familiarity with our team and where we can go with his direction.”
“I think the No. 1 thing is that we come together as a defensive staff and we work together to get everybody going inne direction,” Pagano said. “Our primary goal is to win the AFC West, but the ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl.”
Barnes led the team and set a career high with 11 sacks this season. Butler, in his first NFL season, led the team with 10 tackles for loss in addition to two sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Pagano’s group of linebackers accounted for 27 of the team’s 47 sacks in 2010 and the linebackers helped hold 10 of 16 opponents to less than 100 rushing yards.
Don’t expect any special signature to Pagano’s defense. He wants to ensure the players execute well and help the team reach those goals.
“We’re going to go out and play fundamentally sound defense,” Pagano said. “It’s still about tackling the guy with the football and getting after the quarterback and covering people downfield. We’re going to do what we need to do to help the Chargers win football games.”
“I’m very humbled and honored that they would consider me for the position,” Pagano said. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed about, being here 11 years in San Diego.”
Pagano also spent time as a defensive assistant for New Orleans and Indianapolis from 1996-01. He comes from a football family. His father Sam spent 26 years coaching Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo., and has run the Mile High Football Camp in Denver for 36 years. His brother Chuck is the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.
Pagano was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado where he was an All-State
performer in football at Fairview High School. He played linebacker at Mesa
State (Colo.) from 1985-88 and graduated with a degree in business
marketing. Pagano’s older brother, Chuck, was hired in 2008 to coach the
secondary for the Baltimore Ravens. Last season, Chuck was the defensive
coordinator at the University of North Carolina. John is a part owner of the
Mile High Football Camp in Denver, Colorado, which has served the community
for the past 32 years. He and wife Kimberly have a son, Jagger.
John Pagano’s Coaching Experience
2012 Defensive Coordinator, San Diego Chargers
2007-11 - Linebackers, San Diego Chargers
2005-06 - Assistant Linebackers-Quality Control, San Diego Chargers
2002-04 - Assistant Linebackers Coach, San Diego Chargers
1998-01 - Defensive Assistant, Indianapolis Colts
1996-97 - Defensive Assistant, New Orleans Saints
1995 - Graduate Assistant, University of Mississippi
1994 - Graduate Assistant, Louisiana Tech
1992-1993 - Defensive Coordinator, Overland High School, Aurora, Colorado
1990-1991 - Assistant Coach, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
1989 - Assistant Coach, Mesa State College
Chuck Pagano -
11th NFL Season and 28 years coaching
Chuck Pagano, enters his first season with the Colts and 11th in the NFL after being named head coach on January 25, 2012.
Prior to joining the Colts, Pagano spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. In 2011, in his first season as Baltimore’s defensive coordinator, Pagano’s unit finished third in the NFL in total defense (288.9 ypg), second against the run (92.6 ypg) and fourth against the pass (196.3 ypg), on their way to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game. The Ravens also led the league in force fumbles (21) and had the third-most sacks in the NFL (48), including a franchise record-tying nine in Week 12 vs. San Francisco. Pagano served as the Ravens secondary coach for three seasons (2008-10) before taking the reins of defensive coordinator. In his four seasons in Baltimore, Pagano’s defenses allowed the second-fewest points per game (16.3) and the second-fewest net yards (292.3) in the NFL. The Ravens also ranked third in the NFL in scoring defense during that span.
As the team’s secondary coach, Pagano led a defensive backfield that had to adjust to a number of injuries, including a significant loss of seven-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, who started 2010 on the PUP list. Even after missing the first six games, Reed still led the league with eight interceptions in only 10 games. In Pagano’s first season with the Ravens (2008), the team led the NFL with 26 interceptions, including Reed’s NFL-high nine picks. Reed, the league’s only unanimous (50 votes) All-Pro in 2008, was also coached by Pagano at the University of Miami.
In 2009, Pagano guided an injury-depleted secondary to an eighth-overall ranking (tied) against the pass (207.3 ypg). The defense ranked number three overall (300.5 ypg), the seventh-straight top six finish. Reed earned his sixth Pro Bowl and added to his 13 career touchdowns by scoring on a 52-yard interception return vs. Cincinnati. (10/11). The defensive backs tallied 16 of the team’s 22 interceptions and Baltimore’s turnover ratio (+10) was fourth best in the NFL.
In his first season with the Ravens, Pagano’s secondary ranked second against the pass (175.5 ypg), improving dramatically from a No. 20 finish in 2007. The unit allowed only 179.7 yards per game and Reed was the NFL’s only unanimous All-Pro selection leading the league with nine interceptions and scoring three defensive touchdowns, plus another (64-yard touchdown) in the Wild Card victory at Miami (1/4/09). The defense finished second overall (261.1 ypg).
Pagano posted a one-year stint as the defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at the University of Miami, where he rejoined Butch Davis (Browns and Hurricanes). Under Pagano, the defense improved from 92nd in 2006 to 35th in 2007.
Prior to the University of North Carolina, Pagano spent two seasons (2005-06) as the Raiders’ defensive backs coach. In 2006, the Raiders led the NFL in pass defense, allowing just 150.8 yards per game, and ranked third in total defense, surrendering only 284.8 yards per contest Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was third in the NFL with eight interceptions.
From 2001-04, Pagano coached the Browns’ secondary under then-head coach Butch Davis. In 2003, the defensive backs helped Cleveland tie the franchise record for allowing the fewest passing touchdowns (13). Under Pagano’s guidance in 2001, the Browns’ secondary accounted for 28 of the team’s NFL-leading and team-record 33 interceptions. Rookie cornerback Anthony Henry led NFL with 10 picks.
Pagano returned to the University of Miami for his second stint at the school, coaching the Hurricanes’ secondary as well as serving as the special teams coordinator. He coached four NFL first-round defensive backs: Reed (Ravens, 24th-2002), Phillip Buchanon (Raiders, 17th-2002), Duane Starks (Ravens, 10th-1998) and Mike Rumph (49ers, 27th-2002). The Hurricanes blocked 39 kicks in 59 games. In 2000, the secondary was named the nation’s best by Football News. His special teams unit set a school record in 1996 with 12 blocks.
Pagano started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Southern California (1984-85), before taking the same role at the University of Miami (1986). In 1987, he started a two-year stint at Boise State where he coached outside linebackers. Pagano then spent one season (1989) at East Carolina coaching secondary, before moving to UNLV where he led the secondary (1990) and eventually was named defensive coordinator (1991). In 1992, Pagano returned to East Carolina, coaching the secondary and outside linebackers for three seasons (1992-94).
Collegiately, he was a four-year letterman and two-year starter at strong safety for Wyoming and graduated with a degree in marketing in 1984.
Pagano was a four-year letterman and two-year starter at strong safety at Fairview (Boulder, CO) High School. His brother, John, is the Chargers’ defensive coordinator and former defensive assistant for the Colts from 1998-2001. Chuck and his wife, Tina, have three daughters: Tara, Taylor and Tori.
Chuck Pagano’s Coaching Experience
2012 Indianapolis Colts, Head Coach
2008 - 2011 Baltimore Ravens, secondary coach
2007 - North Carolina, defensive coordinator
2005-06 - Oakland Raiders, secondary coach
2001-04 - Cleveland Browns, defensive backs coach
1992-94 - East Carolina University, defensive backs/outside linebackers coach
1991 - University of Nevada-Las Vegas, defensive coordinator
1990 - UNLV, defensive backs coach
1989 - East Carolina University, defensive backs coach
1987-88 - Boise State, outside linebackers coach
1986 - University of Miami, graduate assistant
1984-85 - University of Southern California, graduate assistant
Sam Pagano - 2002 Head Coach of the Bergamo Lions, Italy
(Bergamo Italian Champions 2002/ Euro bowl Champions 2002 (16-0))
1975-Present Mile High Football Camp President and Director of camp serving 300-400 youths from around the world.
1999 - Paris France Flash Head Football Coach (12-3)
1996 - Paris France Mousquetaires Head Football Coach
1996 - French Champions(11-2)
1995 - Berlin Rebels, Berlin, Germany head football Coach.
1994 - United Football League Taipei, Taiwan Assistant Football Coach.
1969-94 - Fairview Highschool, Boulder, Colorado Head Football Coach(164-58-4)
1992 - Bergamo Lions, Bergamo Italy Head Football Coach (14-1)
Italian Super Bowl Runner-ups
1978,1979,1987: Colorado State 4A Champions
1978,1979 Colorado Coach Of The Year
1990 National Coach Of The Year Nominee
1978 Ed Lesar Award for Outstanding Teacher/Coach for the State of Colorado.
1974-1975 President of the Colorado Football Coaches Association
1974 Head Coach of the Colorado All-State Football Game
1987 Pueblo Sports Hall Of Fame Inductee
1997 Coach of Seven High School All-Americans. NFL Coach of the Year Nominee