On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Sep. 29, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Live Coordinators Presser Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, defensive coordinator Dean Pees and special team coordinator Jerry Rosburg will address the media.
  • Sat., Oct. 01, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sat., Oct. 01, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT Ravens Wired See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Go behind the Ravens bench for in-game adjustments and inside the locker room for Head Coach John Harbaugh's post-game speech. Produced by Ravens Productions, Ravens Wired is hosted by WBAL-TV's Keith Mills.
  • Sun., Oct. 02, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EDT Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.
  • Sun., Oct. 02, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Live Game Audio Broadcast Listen to the live WBAL broadcast of the Ravens vs. Raiders on BaltimoreRavens.com or in the Ravens mobile app.
  • Sun., Oct. 02, 2016 4:15 PM EDT Live Post Game Presser John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following the game.
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 4:00 PM EDT Live John Harbaugh Presser Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will address the media.
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM EDT A Purple Evening A Purple Evening is back! Join Purple on Monday, October 3rd for on-field drills, player appearances and autographs, giveaways, and much more! Tickets will go on sale soon. Check Purple-Just for Women on Facebook for the latest club and event information.
  • Wed., Oct. 05, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Live Press Conference Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following practice.
  • Sat., Oct. 08, 2016 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.

News

Print
RSS

Ravens Prepare To Battle Friend Chuck Pagano

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Head Coach John Harbaugh called Chuck Pagano one of his closest personal friends.


Baltimore not only has to battle a hot Indianapolis team next week in the first round of the playoffs.

The Ravens have to go up against a former coach they love and a man with the force of “CHUCKSTRONG” behind him – a cause the Ravens have supported themselves.

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh and players were hardly done toweling off before being asked about the inner conflict awaiting them as they prepare to battle their former defensive coordinator and current Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano.

“I have tremendous respect for him, personally. I love his family,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “All of us got real close here, and he’s one of my closest personal friends in coaching. What he’s been through and the whole thing is just phenomenal.”

Pagano’s reunion with the Ravens is two-fold. Not only was he a successful coach that players adored. His fight with cancer this year has also been followed intently in Baltimore.

Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia in September, forcing him into the hospital for chemotherapy treatment. After three months away from the game, he miraculously returned to the sidelines Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Pagano’s cancer rocked the Ravens when they first heard the news. They continued to follow his progress, texting and talking with him directly and through his recovery.

Pagano’s locker room speech after a win over the Dolphins on Nov. 4, the first game Pagano was able to watch live, was used as a motivational video for the Ravens.

All the Ravens defensive linemen shaved their beards, and defensive tackle Art Jones shaved his entire head as a show of support for Pagano. They’ve been supporting the “CHUCKSTRONG” campaign on Twitter and in [add] interviews.

“I’m so happy for Chuck,” outside linebacker Paul Kruger said. “It’s a terrible thing he had to go through. He’s a strong guy and I have a lot of love for that man.”

Players raved about Pagano last year in his first and only season leading the defense. He was a secondary coach in Baltimore for three years before becoming the coordinator.

Pagano was enthusiastic and brash, not only with his words but with his play calling.

“I love that guy,” Jones said. “The passion that he has for the game is unbelievable.”

“He’s like a dad to me,” said safety Ed Reed, who originally met Pagano when he recruited him to go to the University of Miami. “That’s family, which is first before football.”

But football is the pressing issue now.

Reed said he would have rather faced Pagano in the AFC championship, when either he or the Ravens would be going to the Super Bowl. But while they didn’t see each other in the regular season, they landed toe to toe as soon as they possibly could.

“Chuck’s not going to be on the field, which is a good thing,” Kruger said with a chuckle. “We have a lot of love for that guy, but it’s not going to change our attitude going into the game.”

“Unfortunately now we’re fighting for the same thing, so I’m going to be ready to play,” Jones added.

Harbaugh said feelings will be put aside.

“We’re all competitors and they’re going to be coming into our place with every intention of winning the football game,” Harbaugh said. “And we’re going to have to play our best football to beat them."

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos