Ian Rapoport Lists Possible Candidates for Colts Head Coaching Job

Taylor Byrd
January 1, 2018

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 into a four-year extension, Pagano spent six seasons with the Colts.

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.

"Chuck Pagano provided Colts fans with many exciting wins and memories as head coach of the Colts", said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. Ballard has strong ties to two members of the Chiefs coaching staff, who he worked with prior to getting the job in Indianapolis last season, both of whom are expected to merit consideration for the coaching job.

Following an inspirational 2012 season in which Pagano overcame his battle with leukemia and the Colts rallied to the playoffs, he formed The CHUCKSTRONG Foundation, which has raised more than $4.7 million for cancer research over the past five years.

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

He led them to three consecutive 11-5 seasons and playoff appearances from 2012-14, which included the 2014 AFC Championship game.

The dramatic 2017 tailspin was complicated because the franchise went the entire season without quarterback Andrew Luck taking the field due to complications with his right shoulder.

Pagano was retained in 2017 even after owner Jim Irsay and the Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson and replaced him with Chris Ballard.

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. 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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