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Chuck Pagano names full-time coordinators

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano signed his contract extension earlier in the week, and he hired his offensive and defensive coordinators just three days later.

Pagano on Thursday named Rob Chudzinski his offensive coordinator, and Ted Monachino, who had been the Baltimore Ravens' linebackers coach, will be his defensive coordinator.

Chudzinski replaced Pep Hamilton as offensive coordinator in Week 8, when Hamilton was fired. The Colts went 5-3 with Chudzinski as offensive coordinator despite having quarterback Andrew Luck for only one of those games. The Colts used four QBs in their final seven games of the season.

Chudzinski was a special assistant to Pagano during the 2014 season.

Monachino replaces Greg Manusky, who was fired Wednesday, as defensive coordinator.

"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Ted Monachino as our next defensive coordinator," Pagano said. "Ted brings a wealth of experience with 25 years of coaching all on the defensive side of the ball. He has overseen one of the league's best linebacker units for the last six years, and I had the privilege of coaching with him for two of those seasons. Ted is very familiar with our scheme. He is a great motivator and is extremely respected by the players he has coached."

Monachino knows Pagano's defensive philosophy well because of their history together. Pagano was Baltimore's secondary coach and then defensive coordinator before coming to Indianapolis in 2012.

Monachino had been the Ravens' linebackers coach since 2010, coaching the likes of All-Pros Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. The Colts have finished in the bottom half of the league in total defense in three of Pagano's four seasons. They were 26th in total defense this season.