was understandably disappointed in the outcome of Sunday’s playoff game against the Ravens, but he said after the game that he was not disappointed in his team. Quite the contrary.
"They went out and did what everybody said they couldn't do,'' Pagano said. "They refused to live in circumstance. They chose to live in vision. Just watching them doing battle today – we didn't do enough out there today, we didn't make enough plays. We had opportunities, but just watching this team fight, fight, week in and week out to accomplish what they have accomplished, I told them 'When you walk of here, hold your head high and be very, very proud of the way you played this game, the way you represented this organization.'"
Pagano’s story is well known. He was diagnosed with
Their first playoff game, of course, juxtapositioned Pagano’s inspirational story with the pending retirement of
"At the end of the day, you've got to put everything aside – the players, the coaches – you've got a job to do,'' Pagano said. "We've got a game to play. You've got to put all that aside and go out there and try to execute and play to the level that you need to play at in order to win a playoff game and win on the road. We've been through a lot…We just didn't make the play we had opportunities to make in all three phases, and they did.