Colts head coach Chuck Pagano joined the ‘The Ride with JMV’ on 1070 The Fan this past Wednesday for an extremely informative interview. Here is a podcast of Pagano’s interview with a few of the highlights below.
On how his family is finding life in Indianapolis:
Coach Pagano has called Indianapolis home for a little over a year now and his family is more than grateful to how they have been received by the local community.
“It’s second to none,” Pagano said of Indianapolis “We’ve lived through 28 years of coaching, 24 years of marriage, moved my family all over the place. We’ve been back and forth across this country a couple of times to say the least. This is by far and away the very best place that we’ve ever lived. You won’t find finer people anywhere in America than the people right here in Indianapolis, in the state of Indiana.”
Now that the Colts are making their ways through the offseason, Pagano has had a chance to head downtown and watch one of the NBA’s best teams.
“Aren’t they unbelievable,” Pagano said of the Pacers. “Coach (Frank) Vogel does a great job and I told him after the game ‘that’s the way we want to play defense.’
In the week following the Colts’ playoff loss to the Ravens, Pagano and his family took in the Pacers/Knicks game and when the head coach was showed on the jumbotron a standing ovation followed from those in attendance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“Having been here for such a short time and going through what we had to go through and for them to embrace myself and my family and do what they did for me, during my absence and during my illness, you can’t put a price tag on it. I’ll never be able to repay them other than to get that Lombardi (Trophy) back here in Indy.”
On the play of rookie quarterback Andrew Luck:
This time last season, the talk surrounding the Colts was who would be under center come early September.
Andrew Luck answered that question with an authoritative rookie season.
Luck set rookie records for wins by a No. 1 pick (11), passing yards (4,374), attempts (627) and 300-yard passing games (6).
Those stats are fine for the record books but Pagano knows what really drives his quarterback.
“He wouldn’t know any of those numbers,” Pagano said of Luck. “That’s the best thing about him. He wouldn’t be able to tell you any of those stats because it’s the last thing that he thinks about.”
“His whole mindset is how many game’s can we win. How many Lombardi’s can we win? That’s it.”
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