NFL Colts fire under-performing Pagano

Rachel Hardy
January 1, 2018

The Indianapolis Colts have parted ways with Head Coach Chuck Pagano.

Pagano was sacked Sunday after the Colts' 22-13 victory over the Texans in what he told his team earlier this week would be their "last rodeo".

Chuck Pagano is out after six seasons in Indianapolis.

But Luck, in his first public comments Friday in months, attempted to restore hope and said he doesn't anticipate requiring another procedure, and the Colts have an up-and-comer GM in Ballard and established, never mind eccentric, owner in Irsay. "Throughout his tenure in Indianapolis, he impacted the lives of the players he coached, those who he worked with in the organization and Colts fans across the globe".

Said Irsay: "Chuck's first season was one of the more inspirational stories in National Football League history as he courageously battled and overcame leukemia". As a result, his CHUCKSTRONG Foundation has raised millions for cancer research. At 4-12, the Colts finished under.500 for the first time since Pagano got the job in 2012.

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"We are thankful for Chuck's contributions to our franchise and community".

Pagano went 56-46, including the playoffs, as the Colts coach and led the team to three straight postseason appearances in his first three seasons.

And like Caldwell's final season, sabotaged by Peyton Manning's neck injury, Pagano's was marred by the absence of Andrew Luck all year following shoulder surgery. His high-water mark came in 2014, when a frisky Indianapolis roster made it to the conference championship only to lose to the Patriots.

Pagano was retained in 2017 even after owner Jim Irsay and the Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson and replaced him with Chris Ballard.

Ian Rapoport's article on NFL.com lists New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub, and Kansas City's offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the names to keep an eye on in the Colts' coaching search.

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