Pagano to interview for Colts head coaching job

This is what happens when an exhausted reporter crashes at 8 p.m. and is out for 12 and a half hours.

He wakes up to word that Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano will interview for the Colts' head coaching job.

Pagano was in Indianapolis last night and will interview with the Colts' brass today. Indy's head coaching position become available last week when Jim Caldwell was fired after going 2-14 last season.

I mentioned earlier in the season how Pagano's personality and instant success in just his first season as the Ravens' defensive coordinator would make him a prime candidate for a head coaching job elsewhere. The 51-year-old is incredibly respected by his players and is known for having a great rapport with his guys, is a tireless worker and has an aggressive nature which fits in well in today's NFL.

Under Pagano, the Ravens finished with the NFL's third-ranked defense, up from 10th a year ago. They jumped from having only 27 sacks in 2010 to 48 this season with Pagano calling the plays.

If Pagano is hired as Indianapolis' head coach, one in-house candidate to replace him would be linebackers coach Dean Pees, who was the defensive coordinator of the Patriots from 2006-2009. Pees joined the Ravens in 2010.

Since we're discussing one Ravens coordinator, some might ask about the future of another - offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

Cameron's contract expired at the end of this season, so the Ravens will need to make a decision regarding his future. Will they choose to re-sign him and go forward with the coordinator/quarterback duo of Cameron and Joe Flacco, or will they look elsewhere for a possible replacement?

In the four seasons with Cameron at the helm, the offense hasn't made great strides in terms of total yardage or points scored. The Ravens went from the NFL's 18th-ranked offense in 2008 to 13th in '09, 22nd in 2010 and 15th this season.

Baltimore averaged 23.6 points per game this season, which is up from the 22.3 last year but below the totals put up in 2008 (24.1) and 2009 (24.4).

Cameron goes into the offseason on a strong note, however. He called a very solid game in Sunday's AFC championship, as the Ravens put up 398 total yards, including 282 through the air.

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