Colts officially part ways with head coach Chuck Pagano

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The firing came shortly after the team's 22-13 win over the Texans.

With a 53-43 record in Indianapolis, Pagano was undone this season by the absence of star passer Andrew Luck and a remaining roster that struggled to compete in the AFC.

The Colts (4-12) concluded their worst season since 2011, when Pagano's predecessor and another coach who could be entering his final game with his current club, Detroit's Jim Caldwell, was fired. Pagano also coached 10 Pro Bowl players during his tenure with the Colts.

Said Irsay: "Chuck's first season was one of the more inspirational stories in National Football League history as he courageously battled and overcame leukemia". As a result, his CHUCKSTRONG Foundation has raised millions for cancer research.

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.




"We are thankful for Chuck's contributions to our franchise and community".

In the first three seasons of Pagano's rein, the Colts earned three consecutive postseason berths.

Much of that is due quarterback Andrew Luck's injury to his throwing shoulder he suffered during the 2015 season. Pagano has been on the hot seat the last two years and acknowledged in early December he knew his "shelf life" wasn't long.

Pagano's career with the Colts began in 2012, his first of three consecutive 11-5 playoff campaigns. Pagano was sacked by the team after the Indianapolis finished their 2017-18 campaign with a 4-12 record.

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. Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable have been reported to be possible replacements for Pagano.

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