Pagano fired by Colts after six seasons in Indianapolis

Sheri Evans
January 1, 2018

Owner and CEO Jim Irsay made a statement about Pagano after Indy's 22-13 victory during Week 17 over the Houston Texans.

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. "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".

The Colts on Sunday fired their coach on the heels of a 4-12 campaign, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Pagano also coached 10 Pro Bowl players during his tenure with the Colts. As a result, his CHUCKSTRONG Foundation has raised millions for cancer research.

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.

And like Caldwell's final season, sabotaged by Peyton Manning's neck injury, Pagano's was marred by the absence of Andrew Luck all year following shoulder surgery.

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Pagano went 56-46, including the playoffs, as the Colts coach and led the team to three straight postseason appearances in his first three seasons.

Irsay fired general manager Ryan Grigson past year, but kept Pagano at the time.

One thing that likely doomed Pagano more than anything else was his combined 0-8 record against the Steelers and Patriots, losing by an average of more than 24 points to each perennial AFC contender. 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.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is expected to interview with the New York Giants in the next week and reportedly has emerged as a favorite for the team's head-coaching opening.

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