Indianapolis Colts fire coach Chuck Pagano; does Luck's shoulder mar opening's attractiveness?

Beth Cruz
January 1, 2018

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

After years of hedging and wavering between making coaching or front office changes, the Colts are preparing to conduct a coaching search this week, with sources close to Chuck Pagano saying the head coach expects to be relieved of his duties after the season.

Indianapolis hosted the Houston Texans and, thanks in large part to a big game by veteran running back Frank Gore, concluded their season with a 22-13 victory.

Pagano's career with the Colts began in 2012, his first of three consecutive 11-5 playoff campaigns. He was diagnosed with Leukemia, and spent most of the season in treatment. "We are thankful for Chuck's contributions to our franchise and community and we wish him, Tina and the entire Pagano family nothing but the best moving forward".

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.


But the team failed to compile a winning record the past three seasons as they were hampered by multiple injuries to quarterback Andrew Luck.

Owner Jim Irsay almost made this move twice in recent years, and with the franchise struggling and the future of Andrew Luck in doubt and with rookie general manager Chris Ballard embarked on a long-term reshaping of the organization, more changes are coming in 2018, league sources indicated.

Rapoport cited the attractiveness of coaching Andrew Luck, and general manager Chris Ballard's history in Kansas City as reasons for why these candidates make sense for the Colts.

NFL Media's Mike Silver tweeted Saturday afternoon that Tom Cable, the' Seahawks assistant head coach and offensive line coach, will receive "serious consideration" to replace Pagano.

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