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Chuck Pagano dodges question about his future, then walks out of press conference

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The Colts today won a game in which they were already out of the playoff race and trailing the 3-12 Jaguars big early on but managed to pull it out to improve to .500 on the season.

That’s not exactly a great resume, but it was still an exciting win. And though all the talk around the team is about the future of general manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano, it’s pretty clear that Pagano doesn’t want any part of that talk.

In his post-game press conference, the second question that Pagano was asked was about his future. He side-stepped the question and then walked out.

“Happy New Year,” Pagano said in response to the question about his future, according to the Indianapolis Star’s Zak Keefer. “It was a great win. Like I said, really proud of this team and can’t wait to see my wife and my kids. Daughters are here. Got my three granddaughters here. Baby Zoe, she’s 3 or 4 years old. She don’t give a damn about no football right now. I’m she came to the game. I remember when my daughters were young, they didn’t wanna go to the game. They asked if they could stay home with the sitter, until they figured out what it was all about, moments like this. This is why we do this, for moments [like this]. And we had a great moment there. And obviously I’ll celebrate what [Robert Mathis] has done. And with that, Happy New Year to you guys.”

And that was that. No follow-up questions. With that, Pagano walked out of what might have been his final press conference as the head coach of the Colts.

Look, it’s understandable that Pagano doesn’t want to talk about his future, because I doubt there’s anyone who really wants to stand up and answer questions saying essentially that you don’t know if you’re going to be fired or not. But part of the job responsibility for head coaches is to meet with the media and face questions, and especially when it seems like you might be fired this isn’t the message you want to send. He had to have known the question was coming, and instead of handling it in any number of expected fashions, he dodged the question, talked about his family, and walked out. Classy. But hey, if he doesn’t want to answer questions anymore, he might get his wish, since if he’s fired he won’t have to do more press conferences as the Colts head coach.