"The goal is to get Chuck on the field December 30th," interim coach Bruce Arians told SI's Peter King after Sunday's 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins. "I don't know if it can happen, but that's the goal."
Pagano's presence Sunday was marked by one of the great locker-room speeches of our day. The war cry in Indianapolis cascaded down from player to player before beating the Dolphins: "Chuck on three! 1-2-3, CHUCK!"
A team that was considered a sticky rebuilding project -- a Peyton Manning-less shell of its former self -- would serve as the AFC's top-seeded wild card if the season ended today.
"The whole story's for Spielberg," Arians told King. "I can't explain it. No one can. I just know this: I tell Chuck, 'You coach your ass off from the couch, and we'll handle the rest. Don't worry. The job's gonna get done.' "
So far, so good, in Indianapolis.
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