Colts expected to fire Chuck Pagano

Jonathan Hernandez
January 1, 2018

The Colts (4-12) concluded their worst season since 2011, when Pagano's predecessor and another coach who could be entering his final game with his current club, Detroit's Jim Caldwell, was fired.

The Indianapolis Colts are expected to fire head coach Chuck Pagano, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Pagano's firing will be first and foremost the result of a defensive-minded coach's inability to coax even adequate play from that side of the ball for the vast majority of his six-year tenure. "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". Pagano has led the Colts to a 3-12 record in 2017 and will coach the team in their season finale against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Chuck's first season was one of the more inspirational stories in National Football League history as he courageously battled and overcame leukemia.

"We are thankful for Chuck's contributions to our franchise and community". In his first three years at the helm in Indianapolis, he took his team to the postseason, advancing as far as the AFC Championship Game during the 2013 year, winning 11 games each season.

Much of that is due quarterback Andrew Luck's injury to his throwing shoulder he suffered during the 2015 season. That included his debut, in 2012, when Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and left the team for almost three months with offensive coordinator and eventual Coach of the Year Bruce Arians while undergoing treatment.

What did Chuck Pagano accomplish in Indianapolis?

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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