Pagano Taking Lessons From Harbaugh

Notebook: What coaches and executives had to say about the Ravens at the combine.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Categories: 2012 Offseason, 2012 Scouting Combine, Ryan Mink

Former Ravens defensive coordinator turned Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is only about a month into the job and still trying to figure it out.

And he’s taking cues from Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh, who he joined in 2008 when Harbaugh first took the job in Baltimore.


“I learned a tremendous amount from John Harbaugh,” Pagano said Thursday. “He’s a great friend and confidant and will continue to be a sounding board.”

Pagano insinuated that he didn’t realize how much extra-curricular activities factors into being a head coach. He said he comes in at 8 a.m. just to get some football work done before other issues pop up.

“I’ve got so many things coming across my desk that are non-football related [and] I can’t stand it,” Pagano said.

Steelers Determined To Keep Wallace

The Ravens were named as a possible contender to steal restricted free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But Pittsburgh General Manager Kevin Colbert tapped the brakes on the notion that they will lose the speedster.

On Thursday Colbert said Pittsburgh will “do everything we can to make sure that Mike Wallace remains a Pittsburgh Steeler.”

“I’m pretty sure that he’s going to be protected with a first-round pick at minimum,” Colbert said. “There’s always the franchise possibility.”

There have been reports that the Steelers won’t have enough cap room to franchise Wallace and that teams may be willing to give up a first-round pick and pay him more than Pittsburgh could.

Wallace, who had 72 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns, has said he wants to stay in Pittsburgh but understands the business.

“Usually when you have two parties that share the same goal, it’s easier to achieve that goal,” Colbert said.

Jim Harbaugh Didn’t ‘Lean On’ His Brother

The Harbaugh brothers shared tough-to-swallow losses in their respective championship games.

The Ravens had a Super Bowl berth in the hands of wide receiver Lee Evans. A late fumble by Kyle Williams doomed the 49ers.

But San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh laughed when asked if he “leaned on” his brother John after their losses.

“Leaned on?” he said with a smile, as if singing a song. “I wouldn’t categorize it that way. Talked, yes.”

Rex Regrets His Guarantee

Like Pagano, another former Ravens defensive coordinator is learning on the job.

New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan said he regrets making the preseason guarantee that his team would win the Super Bowl.

He said the Jets, who went 8-8 and missed the playoffs after back-to-back trips to the AFC championship under Ryan, had a “terrible season.”

“In all seriousness, looking back, obviously it was a huge mistake to make that guarantee,” Ryan said. “At the time, we were coming off two championship games, I really thought it would be a thing that would actually motivate our team to really talk about the Super Bowl, focus on the Super Bowl. But in hindsight, I think it put undue pressure on our team. And we kind of lost focus on what we do best.”

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