Exclusive Q&A with Raiders D-coordinator John Pagano on family and football


ALAMEDA — If Raiders defensive coordinator John Pagano looks as if he were born to be a football coach, there’s good reason.

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It’s been two games since Pagano, who arrived in the offseason as an assistant head coach, has taken over defensive play-calling for Ken Norton Jr. and the early results have been encouraging — only 481 yards of offense surrendered in two wins, albeit against struggling teams in Denver and the New York Giants.

Pagano, 50, is from a football family. His older brother Chuck is head coach of the Indianapolis Colts as well as a former Raiders assistant. He came to the Raiders after coaching with the San Diego Chargers from 2002 through 2016, the last five as defensive coordinator.

Their father, Sam, 79, will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in April (one of the other inductees will be Peyton Manning). John and Chuck worked as ball boys and eventually played at Fairview High School in Boulder for their father, who had a 164-84-4 record in 21 seasons.

Following practice Thursday, John Pagano agreed to take some time for a one-on-one interview to discuss family and football.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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