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Official Report: Colts Fire Chuck Pagano after Six Seasons

The Indianapolis Colts have reportedly relieved Chuck Pagano of his duties

NFL: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

After 6 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano has reportedly been fired as the Colts head into another offseason of massive transition that will not just impact the coaching staff but will likely result in significant turnover on the roster as well.

The Colts ended 2017 with a 22-13 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday but the damage for Pagano had been done for some time now.

Pagano began his career credited with a 33-15 start and 3-straight trips to the postseason with Andrew Luck, who helped bring success early in his tenure as head coach. However, it was the 20-28 record over his final three seasons that were his undoing. The hiring of new GM Chris Ballard may have signaled the end to Pagano’s stay in Indianapolis but he certainly got a fair shake. The uncertainty about the team’s future, mounting injuries, losses in close games, and the Andrew Luck saga were too much to overcome.

We saw this from Pagano immediately following the win over the Texans. He appeared to already be cognizant of his future and the decision that had been made.

Pagano came to Indianapolis through Baltimore after serving as defensive coordinator and was considered to be a wise defensive grab. His lack of experience as an in-game leader overshadowed his defensive contributions. To make matters worse, the Colts have had some of the worst statistical defenses in franchise history during his tenure. The unit had a reputation for being soft up front and as one of the league’s worst run defenses in the league for much of his stay with Colts. While he had a strong background as a secondary coach throughout his career, his defenses were not able to regularly force turnovers or show the kind of opportunism fans envisioned when he joined the franchise.

The Colts have presumably already unofficially started their search for Pagano’s replacement and will attempt to get through the hiring process quickly so they can get a head start on the 2018 season. Among those assumed to be targeted are Tom Cable (Seahawks OL coach) as reported yesterday by Adam Schefter, Matt Nagy (Chiefs OC) and David Toub (Chiefs ST coach) among several other potential hot names out there including Pat Shurmer, Josh McDaniels, and Frank Reich.

There is no shortage of names of potential candidates that are ‘available’ to be plucked away from their respective teams, which is in stark contrast to the coaching market when Chris Ballard joined the Colts as General Manager later in the off-season process than is typical. As much as Colts fans loathed a final season under Pagano, it may well have been the right choice to not make any rash decisions earlier in the year.


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