Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Colts look to Ravens for new coach

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts hired Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as coach Wednesday. They announced the move on their website and said Pagano will be introduced at a news conference today.

It will be the first coaching job for Pagano, 51, who had been an assistant in Oakland and Cleveland in the NFL and the University of Miami and University of North Carolina.

"We are so happy for Chuck. We are proud of him," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement the team released. "Like me, Chuck grew up in the game and loves it. We will miss him and thank him for all he did for the Ravens."

Pagano replaces Jim Caldwell, who was fired after the Colts' 2-14 season in which quarterback Peyton Manning didn't play while recovering from neck surgery.

The Ravens ranked third in total defense and allowed the third-fewest points in the league. (The Colts allowed the fifth-most points and ranked 25th overall.)

Pagano is the fourth Baltimore defensive coordinator to get a coaching job in less than a decade, following Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Rex Ryan (Jets) and Mike Nolan (49ers).

"What makes him good? He relates to the players a whole lot," Ravens defensive end Cory Redding said. "He's almost like a player in a D-coordinator's position. The guy has so much fun with us. He treats you like more than a player. It's like we're his sons. He keeps it fresh. He knows everybody's strengths and puts them in position to make plays."

Taylor: I still struggle

Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor says he still makes a lot of bad decisions. In an interview with Showtime's Inside the NFL that aired Wednesday night, the former Giants linebacker says he has struggled with self-discipline.

"Nowadays, you guys are on 24 hours a day, so everything that happens is actually exploited a little bit more or is blown up a little bit more and more people know about it," Taylor said. "So now you have to really discipline yourself. For years, I had no discipline. I could do what I wanted to do as far as playing in New York."

In March, Taylor, who turns 53 on Feb. 3, was sentenced to six years' probation under a deal to plead guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute. He now faces a civil lawsuit from teenage girl. He also has struggled with drug addiction and had multiple legal run-ins since retiring in 1993.

"As easy as football is to me … is as hard as life is to me," he said. "I'm just hopeful that life will come easier."

Steelers: Nose tackle Chris Hoke, 35, retired. He spent 11 seasons with the team after signing as an undrafted rookie out of BYU in 2001. He sustained a season-ending neck injury against Jacksonville on Oct. 16.

Vikings: Owner Zygi Wilf said he is willing to build a new stadium on the current site of the Metrodome. He and team officials met with Gov. Mark Dayton, several state lawmakers, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and others to discuss tearing down the Metrodome and rebuilding there. It came after several days in which the team's bid for public funding appeared on the brink of falling apart (at least for this ongoing legislative session).

Pro Bowl: The league will allow players to tweet during Sunday's game. During the regular season, they cannot tweet 90 minutes before games until they fulfill postgame media obligations. Mobile devices will be allowed during halftime but not during the game. Instead, computers will be placed on each sideline. … Steelers safety Ryan Clark replaced injured Ravens safety Ed Reed (ankle).

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