We publish a mailbag on Wednesday’s on Colts.com, a feature that started around mid-season. Obviously, it is a way for fans to inquire about the team with the hope of getting a response.
Some of the questions are good ones, some bizarre. Many can be answered, some can’t. All of them are important because we like our fans and someone has taken the time to reach out to us.
“John B.” from the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel asked why I included non-response responses to questions about free agency. I have copied his question below:
JOHN B. (from Carmel, IN) This is more of a statement than a question. I am a season ticket holder and all of your responses pertaining to questions of free agency are always, “I’m not going to touch that one. We’ll see what happens in March.” What’s the point of even putting the questions in your column if you don’t answer!?
I did respond to John (you can see my answer if you check the mailbag on Colts.com; feel free to read the mailbag every Wednesday and to submit a question, too), and I wanted to elaborate here.
There is a great amount of year-round interest in personnel matters. It is a great thing to have. In my opinion, it is not a dilemma, but there are times when questions of this nature can be answered. Right now is not that time.
In 28 years here, I have worked under three general managers (Bill Tobin, Bill Polian, Ryan Grigson) and a player personnel director (Jack Bushofsky). I have been in the position to know a few things, but I also learned early on never to comment or speculate on personnel until the right time.
When the right time came to talk about possible free agent additions, draft prospects, draft picks and other areas involving player movement, the GM or the head coach are the voices. After that, someone in my position can operate within the parameters of what they have chosen to address.
I think we’ve had a mailbag question each week about something that could not really be discussed. During the season, we had three questions that were very critical about different players. I addressed those because I had a level of knowledge on the situation. I did not want to argue the matter. I just thought I could present a different side to it.
John wondered why I published responses that dodged the question. I explained that I do try to address as many things as I can.
If my response were along the lines saying, “We’ll see what happens,” I thought the person at least would see I acknowledged the question.
Naturally, better answers will be provided with our actions later in the year once free agency starts on March 12 and when the draft comes in late April.
Regarding questions along free agent/draft lines, Tobin, a Missouri native, always said, “I’d rather show you than talk about it.”
Those who got a response from me saying that we would let things play out, I know you do understand. People know full well our actions will be public before too long.
The mailbag is a great forum. It is an honest one. I make the best effort to inform people with good answers, but I have to pick the right times. What I appreciate always is the interest of our fans, and you never want to squelch that.
Feel free to check the mailbag regularly. Submit a question, if you wish. You, too, John. From the information on your ticket account (and many thanks for your support), you are an accomplished working professional.
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Chuck Pagano was only able to coach four games in person for the Colts in 2012. The rest of the time, he was either in a hospital bed or at home while successfully fighting leukemia.
Pagano returned for the finale and the playoffs, and now his second off-season with the Colts is one month old.
He has seen staff changes, including the departures of two coordinators, and there have been the requisite additions.
Pagano is back in town after helping scout at the Senior Bowl, and he feels fit after getting back in the groove.
“I feel good,” said Pagano said to Colts TV this week. “Coming back from the Senior Bowl it was great. We had some long days down there. It was good moving around and getting around and things like that.
“Just being back, having that date targeted to get back for the Houston game, coming back to work on Christmas Eve, getting back in the swing of things, I feel really good. I feel very blessed, obviously, to be where I’m at and trying to get some normalcy back in my life.”
Normalcy for the NFL is abnormal to most work environments. Hours are long, irregular. Families have to be forgiving because the schedule is not.
Pagano has been married to his wife, Tina, for years. They met through football while he was at Boise State. Their marriage has included collegiate stops like Miami and North Carolina, while NFL locations prior to the Colts were in Cleveland, Oakland and Baltimore.
No season included a medical struggle like last season, and Pagano cited Tina’s strength.
“She’s a warrior. She was by my side every step of the way. I wonder how she got herself through. She’s just a very, very strong lady. I feel very fortunate to have her.”
They both have appreciated their time in Indianapolis, having found this a very receptive area because of the populace.
“It’s awesome. The way this city embraced (me) and my family, they didn’t know me. It just speaks to the kind of people who live in this city and live in this great state,” said Pagano.
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