Chuck Pagano Reportedly ‘Highly Unlikely’ to be Fired this Week
According to WTHR’s Bob Kravitz, it’s “highly unlikely” that the Indianapolis Colts will fire head coach Chuck Pagano this week:
This comes just a day after ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that there have already been recent “organizational discussions” regarding Pagano’s future as head coach. What remains clear is that Pagano is clearly on the hot seat and coaching for his job right now, having seen his team struggle to a disappointing 3-4 record. The Colts have yet to beat a team outside the woeful AFC South on the season.
Oct 8, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano argues a call with head linesman Kent Payne (79) against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
There doesn’t appear to be any end in sight either with the team set to face the undefeated Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in back-to-back weeks respectively starting Monday.
Having entered the season with championship aspirations, owner Jim Irsay is clearly unhappy with the results and could be looking to make changes sooner rather than later–should the team’s struggles continue.
While this Colts team has clearly underperformed, there is plenty of blame to go all-around on coaches, players, and management alike. That doesn’t mean Pagano doesn’t deserve his fair share of the blame, but it’s not like he himself committed those 3 first half turnovers last week that saw his team fall down to the New Orleans Saints 20-0 after the first half in an eventual loss.
There’s only so much that can be stressed on ball security, and at a certain point, the players simply have to go out on the field and perform.
As Kravitz astutely points out, the biggest problem for the Colts right now hasn’t been Pagano’s coaching or even one of general manager Ryan Grigson‘s acquisitions. It’s shockingly been their star quarterback Andrew Luck‘s struggles:
In a quarterback driven league, the Colts are only going to go as far as #12 takes them. While changes could be made elsewhere, the biggest priority should be getting Luck right and back to himself first and foremost because everything else should be purely secondary.
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