Ravens defensive coordinator hired as new Colts coach

Chuck Pagano



The Indianapolis Colts hired Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as their new head coach on Wednesday.

The team said Pagano will be introduced at a news conference today.

It will be the first head coaching job for the 51-year-old Pagano, who has been a career assistant until now with stops in Oakland and Cleveland in the NFL and stints at schools including Miami and North Carolina.


RAIDERS: New general manager Reggie McKenzie is finalizing a contract to make Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen the team’s next head coach, a person familiar with the process said Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly discussing the search.

Fox Sports and ESPN first reported Tuesday night that the Raiders had chosen Allen to replace the fired Hue Jackson and become the team’s seventh coach since 2003.

Allen, 39, will be the first new Raiders coach to come from the defensive side of the ball since Davis hired linebackers coach John Madden before the 1969 season.


PATRIOTS: Tight end Rob Gronkowski was listed as unable to practice on Wednesday on the team’s first injury report since he injured his left ankle in the AFC title game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Although the Patriots did not practice, they were required to file an injury report. Gronkowski was listed as “DNP.”


STEELERS: Safety Ryan Clark is heading to Hawaii. The 10-year veteran will replace injured Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed in this weekend’s Pro Bowl.

Clark led the Steelers with 100 tackles this season, adding one interception.


DONE DEAL: Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract was extended Wednesday through the 2018 season.

The 52-year-old Goodell took over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006.

His original five-year contract was extended in 2009, and the new extension runs through March 2019.