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

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

Pagano was sacked Sunday after the Colts' 22-13 victory over the Texans in what he told his team earlier this week would be their "last rodeo". Two years of mediocrity and one bottoming-out season later, his tenure with the Colts is over.

The Indianapolis Colts have parted ways with Head Coach Chuck Pagano.

Much of that is due quarterback Andrew Luck's injury to his throwing shoulder he suffered during the 2015 season.

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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.

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.

Pagano guided the Colts to a 56-46 overall record (including the postseason) since joining the team in 2012.

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Pagano reportedly was told of the decision Saturday and informed the team prior to taking on the Houston Texans on Sunday that Week 17 would be the "last rodeo together".

But Indianapolis, which advanced one round further in each of three preseason trips, were dismantled by the Patriots in the 2014 AFC title game - the "Deflategate" game - and haven't been back to the playoffs since. He missed most of that season, played through the injury in 2016, and was not able to play in any games this season. Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable have been reported to be possible replacements for Pagano.

"Chuck Pagano provided Colts fans with many exciting wins and memories as head coach of the Colts", said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay.

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