In Indy's last contest, Gore rushed 28 times for 83 yards in a win over the Denver Broncos. The last time Hasselbeck filled in at quarterback, Gore had 22 totes for 98 yards -- his most this season.
Without Andrew Luck under center, Pagano sounded as if the predetermined snap restraint could be loosened.
"If he's rolling like that and we're staying balanced and he feels good, we're going to do what we have to do to win the ball game," Pagano said Wednesday, via the Indy Star.
Gore is confident he can take on a heavier workload than he's been asked to thus far in Indy.
"I don't get hit," Gore said of his ability to bounce back, even in his 11th year. "They can't really hit me (with) a clean shot. I guess I've just been blessed."
Gore's real blessing throughout his career has been brilliant vision and an ability to bounce off tacklers, neither of which has diminished.