Update: The Colts have now formally announced the news.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) December 31, 2017
After six seasons, the Colts have decided to part ways with head coach Chuck Pagano, according to multiple reports.
Breaking: I’ve just learned that Chuck Pagano has been released of his duties as #Colts Coach.
— Anthony Calhoun (@ACwishtv) December 31, 2017
Can confirm Chuck Pagano's 6-year stint over.
— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) December 31, 2017
BREAKING: Eyewitness News has confirmed the Colts and coach Chuck Pagano are parting ways. Watch Eyewitness News at 6:00 p.m. for the latest on this developing story. https://t.co/WRqvezmuqy
— Sandra Chapman (@SandraWTHR) December 31, 2017
The #Colts have fired coach Chuck Pagano. GM Chris Ballard will hire his first coach.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2017
Pagano’s first season as head coach with the organization was a trying one, as he handed the team over to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians while he recovered from cancer, and Arians helped lead the team to an 11-5 mark in 2012. On November 5th of 2012 Pagano and doctors announced that he was in remission, and he later returned to his coaching duties on Christmas Eve, 2012.
The 2013 and 2014 seasons with a much healthier Pagano led to identical 11-5 finishes, and included post season appearances, where they lost to the Patriots in the AFC Divisional game in 2013, and then lost to them again in 2014, this time in the AFC title game.
The team took small steps back to 8-8 in 2015 and 2016, missing the playoffs each year, and the Colts dropped to 3-12 this past season, and the organization decided it best to head in a new direction. This year, the Colts have been without franchise quarterback Andrew Luck, as he’s spent all year doing rehab on his shoulder.
Overall, Pagano’s record as a head coach s 52-43, as that first season’s 11-5 record is officially still credited to him.
Before coming to the NFL in the early 2000’s Pagano spent a number of season at the college level, starting as a graduate assistant at USC from 1984-85 and then Miami (FL) for the 1986 season, before catching his break as a position coach at Boise State in 1987. From there he went on to coach at East Carolina, UNLV, and Miami (FL). His NFL coaching career began in the secondary with the Browns in 2001, and from there he went to the Raiders for a few years, before serving as the defensive coordinator at North Carolina for a season in 2007. After that he went to the Ravens as secondary coach and the defensive coordinator before landing his first head coaching job with the Colts in 2012.
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