By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
As we reported on Saturday night, the Indianapolis Colts have fired head coach Chuck Pagano. He was their head coach for the past six seasons.
Pagano was in a tough position this season, as Chris Ballard took over as general manager earlier this season. Ballard’s plan all along was to give Pagano a look, before hiring his own guy.
The plan is starting to take shape, as Pagano was given the pink slip on Sunday. The Colts finished with a 4-12 season despite winning the season finale with a 22-13 win over the Houston Texans.
The Colts season began to fall apart when Andrew Luck’s recovery kept being pushed back. He was officially put on season-ending injured reserve in November after having shoulder surgery in January.
The Colts had to go with Scott Tolzein and Jacoby Brissett — who was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots prior to the season — at quarterback without Luck.
Brissett went 4-11 as a starter this season. Tolzien went 0-1.
The 57-year-old was the Colts head coach since the 2012 season. He was a combined 53-43 with the team.
Pagano missed the playoffs with the team for the past three seasons, including back-to-back 8-8 seasons in 2015 and 2016. He went to the playoffs in the first three years of his tenure.
He was 3-3 in the playoffs as the Colts head coach. In 2014, Indianapolis went 2-1 in the playoffs, before being eliminated by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, which was the DeflateGate game.
It was reported shortly after this AFC Championship game that the Patriots were deflating footballs.
Pagano will now look elsewhere for employment. He will likely be a candidate to replace Dan Pees, 68, who is retiring as the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator when their season is finished.
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