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Pagano anxious to return to Baltimore


February 20. 2013 12:26AM
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INDIANAPOLIS — Colts coach Chuck Pagano is already ditching his doctor's advice.


Instead of scaling back his workload, he figures he'll work overtime getting ready for this week's playoff game.


One day after the cancer-beating coach found out he and his team were headed to Baltimore for the AFC's wild-card round, the former Ravens defensive coordinator acknowledged he would spend more time than usual meeting with Indy's offense and special teams to tell them everything he knows.


My doc said be prudent, if you remember, but I may not be prudent this week in spending a lot of time in a lot of different areas in trying to get as much information out as I possibly can and help where I can, Pagano said Monday. Again, these guys, they've got the tape and they will be able to study it from a scheme standpoint what we need to do to go win a football game.


If they need any additional insight, Pagano can provide it.


He spent three seasons as Baltimore's secondary coach and 2011 as the team's defensive signal-caller, giving him intricate knowledge about one of the league's most feared defensive units. He spent four seasons going head-to-head against quarterback Joe Flacco in practice, and as a former special teams coach, he took an interest in that phase of the game, too.


That's more information than the Ravens (10-6), or any team, would like an opponent to have. And unlike the financial world, there are no rules in the NFL barring insider trading.


Sure, some of the names and faces in Baltimore have changed since Pagano took the Indy job last January, but he's been around long enough to know what hasn't.


If I tell you, I might as well call (Ravens coach) John (Harbaugh) and tell him exactly what I'm telling our guys and then they may go and change everything, Pagano said.




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