In his first AFC Championship game in three years with the Colts, head coach Chuck Pagano faces his greatest challenge yet.
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In the aftermath of a controversial trick play the New England Patriots used to beat the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional playoff round, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has said his team must be prepared for everything.
The Patriots caused problems for the Ravens by lining up in a formation with running back Shane Vereen lining up with four offensive linemen as ineligible receivers. In the confusion, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh triggered an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty out of frustration – but the play was ruled legal.
“They only had four linemen in on those plays, had three wideouts, two tight ends and a running back and a quarterback,” Pagano said, via ESPN.com. “It made it difficult for the defense to get lined up, especially if you’re in a man-to-man situation and you’re trying to figure out who is eligible, who’s not, who’s on the ball, who’s off the ball, all those types of things. You don’t have a lot of time. Officials aren’t going to slow the thing down and let you get lined up so to speak. We have to be prepared for everything obviously.”
Pagano called the league to “cover all our bases” and make sure he was prepared if the Broncos decided to peel a page from Bill Belichick’s book. The league told him that all was legal and Pagano will have that in mind as he now turns his attention to stopping Belichick’s team in the AFC Championship game.