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Indianapolis Colts

December 31, 2012

Familiar foe awaits Colts in playoffs

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INDIANAPOLIS — "And if there is some questions that need to be answered based on coverages and fronts and techniques and personnel and things like that, then obviously having spent the last four years there I'd be crazy not to spend some time with them."

Another positive for the Colts is that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians knows Baltimore's defense very well too. Arians was Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator for the last five years and faced the Ravens twice a year in AFC North games.

"We've got an advantage as far as [knowing Baltimore] because of Bruce's familiarity," Pagano admitted. "When he pops on the tape, even though it's a new [defensive] coordinator, that system's been in place on defense there for a long, long time going back to 2000. There's some new faces, obviously, but the system itself has pretty much stayed in place.

"The new [defensive] coordinator, Dean Pees, had spent a number of years as the coordinator in New England and has been there for the last couple of years. He's probably added a few things as far as things he did [with the Patriots]. He brought some of that with him when we were together when I was there. Bruce knows that defense. He knows that scheme. He knows the personnel, other than the new guys that are there. I think going into this ball game it will really help us getting started and be able put together a plan that will give us a chance to win that football game."

Helping the defense with the Ravens' offense -- Being on Baltimore's defensive coaching staff since 2008, Pagano has seen a lot of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice.

It's safe to say that he knows them inside and out. So as much as Pagano will be assisting Indianapolis' offensive coaches, he'll also be sitting in on the Colts' defensive meetings as well.

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