2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Pagano brothers set to scrap in Colts vs Bolts

By BERNIE WILSON - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-13 12:29

SAN DIEGO (AP) - You can pretty much bet that if John Pagano tried to call Chuck Pagano this week, the older brother didn't pick up.

While the brothers have coached against each other before, Monday night's edition of the sibling rivalry will be the first since Chuck became head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and John was promoted to defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers.

Chuck Pagano, seven years older than John, has done what he can to help his younger brother along the way: ``As much as I possibly can, like any brother would do for a sibling. No more, no less. Obviously none this week.''

Nothing personal, really. The Colts (4-1) are alone in first in the AFC South behind Andrew Luck, a power running game and a defense intent on working over Philip Rivers and the enigmatic Chargers (2-3), who looked great in beating Dallas and miserable in losing at Oakland.

Even in normal times, the demands of the job and the time difference between San Diego and Indianapolis work against the brothers keeping in touch.

``Really, it's him being on the left coast and me being on the right coast for the better part of our careers,'' Chuck Pagano said. ``Really the only time we were on the same time zone was probably when I was at Oakland and he was at San Diego. We really don't have a chance just because of the time difference. Again, by the time he wants to say something it might be 8 or 9 o'clock his time, and I'm not picking up at that time, so it's hard.''

John Pagano likely was too busy trying to come up with schemes to stop Luck and Indy's running game than to think much of the brotherly rivalry. Besides, he leads 7-1 in the matchups against his brother over the years.

``It's nice. We've done this so many times now. Being able to coach against each other or be on opposite sidelines, but at the end of the day it's Chargers and Colts on `Monday Night Football,' `' said John Pagano, who's been on San Diego's staff since 2002. ``It will be good to see him before kickoff and say hello, but when that ball is kicked off the only thing that is on my mind is San Diego winning and that's the most important thing.''

Rookie Chargers coach Mike McCoy had a little fun with the rivalry.

``John said we're going to outcoach him. He said he's been doing it all of his life, so I said, `OK, let's go,' `' McCoy said.

``I think it's great to see brothers like that be in this profession. There are only so many of us that are able to do this, at this level,'' McCoy said. ``Or have the opportunity, I should say. It's great for a family like that with two great guys. I mean they're both phenomenal football coaches, but they're better people. It's going to be a lot of fun for them, I think, with their families and everything.''

The Paganos grew up in Boulder, Colo., where they played for their father, Sam, at Fairview High. Sam Pagano plans to attend Monday night's game.

``We were very fortunate to grow up in a football family, grow up in the environment that we did,'' Chuck Pagano said. ``Again, he tried to talk both of us out of it when we decided to get into coaching. There's some good days, but there's some bad days, too. And it takes a lot of sacrifice on a lot of people's part, especially your family. It's hard on these coaches' families and their kids. It's a tremendous sacrifice. Just like our players make, coaches make one heck of a sacrifice. It's a lot of time and a lot of hours.''

While the sibling rivalry makes a nice storyline, it's clearly not as big as Eli Manning vs. Peyton Manning or last season's Super Bowl matchup between brothers John and Jim Harbaugh.

Rivers can attest to that. He said the Pagano rivalry has come up only among a handful of players who've known John Pagano for several years.

``It's just in a joking way. Besides that, it hasn't been brought up,'' Rivers said. ``I'm sure most of the guys know that is the case, but I wouldn't put it past them that not everybody knows that they are brothers.''

It'll also be old home week for Chargers rookie general manager Tom Telesco, who spent the previous 15 seasons working his way up the ladder in Indianapolis, from area scout to vice president of football operations.

Telesco had a hand in the moves that helped the Colts go from 2-14 in 2011 to 11-5 and the playoffs last season, including taking Luck with the first pick overall in the 2012 draft.

``They're a really good team. It's going to be a huge challenge,'' Telesco said.

``There are so many good people there. I was there for 15 years and there's just a lot of people you have great memories within the organization,'' he said. ``You spend so much time in the building together that it's like a second family. It'll be nice to catch up with a lot of people. I have so many good friends there and players you grew up to know. I wish them well, but not this week.''

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

---

Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Trent RichardsonJul 6 01:43p

Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson lost some weight this offseason and showed some quickness during offseason workouts, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice.

Jason Pierre-PaulJul 6 01:33p

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul's (hand) fireworks incident has led to the Giants withdrawing their long-term offer to Pierre-Paul which would have paid him $60 million, according to sources.

Jason Pierre-PaulJul 6 01:13p

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) is still in a Miami hospital after suffering injuries to his hand from a fireworks accident.

C.J. AndersonJul 6 08:43a

Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball is expected to receive seven or eight carries a game, while RB C.J. Anderson serves as the bellcow with 18 per game, in the [ More ]

Jason Pierre-PaulJul 5 07:13p

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) injured his hands in a fireworks accident, according to multiple sources. He was still meeting with doctors after being hospitalized for his [ More ]

Andrew QuarlessJul 4 01:43p

Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless was arrested early Saturday, July 4, for allegedly firing a gun into the ground, according to police. Quarless supposedly was involved in a [ More ]

Devonta FreemanJul 3 10:23p

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman should end up starting Week 1 ahead of RB Devonta Freeman, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports, because Coleman has top-end speed [ More ]

Ladarius GreenJul 3 03:33p

San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green likely will be the starting tight end with TE Antonio Gates being suspended for the first four games of the season.

Dez BryantJul 3 12:53p

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has had no progress in contract talks with the team, according to sources. The Cowboys are not budging off their offer of a long-term [ More ]

Darren McFaddenJul 2 11:03p

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden has topped 155 carries just twice in his seven years in the league, and he has averaged less than 3.5 yards per carry in [ More ]

Antonio GatesJul 2 04:33p

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. It was previous reported that [ More ]

Antonio GatesJul 2 04:13p

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Datone JonesJul 2 04:03p

Green Bay Packers DE Datone Jones has been suspended one game by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Rolando McClainJul 2 03:03p

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy and program for substances of abuse.

S. RichardsonJul 2 02:23p

New York Jets DT Sheldon Richardson has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse.

Richard RodgersJul 1 05:03p

Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers could see more playing time in 2015, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Rodgers played 528 snaps, while fellow TE Andrew Quarless played [ More ]

Rob HouslerJun 30 03:13p

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach [ More ]

Sam BradfordJun 29 05:22p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second [ More ]

Charles JohnsonJun 29 02:02p

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and [ More ]

C.J. SpillerJun 28 09:02p

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling [ More ]

Tony MoeakiJun 25 07:12p

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will compete with TE Jacob Tamme for the Falcons' starting tight end job during training camp. QB Matt Ryan praised both tight ends for [ More ]

Kelvin BenjaminJun 25 03:52p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training [ More ]

Antoine CasonJun 25 03:03a

Free-agent CB Antoine Cason (foot) will miss the 2015 season due to surgery he underwent on Tuesday, June 23. Cason (Ravens) did not specify what type of surgery he [ More ]

Marvin JonesJun 24 09:13p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) did not play in 2014 due to multiple foot and ankle issues, but he is healthy and was impressive in organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

Keith WenningJun 24 02:43p

Free-agent QB Keith Wenning (Ravens) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, June 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Pierre GarconJun 24 02:23p

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon could be featured more often in the passing game this season based on the offseason workouts. Garcon often lined up to the right of [ More ]

Martavis BryantJun 24 01:43p

Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant are expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp. Both players performed well during offseason workouts.

Peyton ManningJun 24 11:53a

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was the subject of preliminary trade discussions with the Houston Texans, according to a source. The talks occurred before Manning restructured his deal and [ More ]

Rueben RandleJun 24 10:53a

New York Giants WR Rueben Randle was the best receiver on the field by a wide margin during spring practices, in the opinion of beat writer Jordan Ranaan. Randle [ More ]

Chris IvoryJun 24 10:43a

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is listed as the starting running back entering training camp, according to beat writer Rich Cimini's unofficial depth chart. RB Bilal Powell is [ More ]

Devonta FreemanJun 23 10:22a

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman enters training camp ahead of RB Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Joseph RandleJun 23 10:02a

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle appears to be the clear leader at running back, and it's his job to lose in training camp.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group