Why the Colts fired Chuck Pagano as head coach after 6 seasons

Why the Colts fired Chuck Pagano as head coach after 6 seasons

Why the Colts fired Chuck Pagano as head coach after 6 seasons

The team fired Pagano as head coach on Sunday, according to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star and USA TODAY Network, marking an end to his six-year run that was capped by a tumultuous season.

There have also been many mistakes made in acquiring talent during Pagano's tenure, which resulted in general manager Ryan Grigson being fired after last season. WISH-TV's Anthony Calhoun first reported the firing. At 4-12, the Colts finished under.500 for the first time since Pagano got the job in 2012.

But Pagano would go 8-8 in 2015 as quarterback Andrew Luck was limited to playing in just six games.

During the 2012-13 National Football League season, Pagano missed 12 games due to his battle with leukemia but rallied the Colts to the playoffs.


Pagano's first season as coach started with a hard personal fight. From 2012-17, Pagano's unit ranked above 19th in total defense (11th in 2014) and points allowed (9th in 2013) once. 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. With just one game remaining in 2017, he owns a 52-43 record as a head coach during his career. He missed most of that season, played through the injury in 2016, and was not able to play in any games this season.

Special teams coach Dave Toub has interviewed for several openings in recent years, has a strong endorsement from Chiefs well-respected coach Andy Reid and is a lead Ballard thinks highly of.

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.

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