It was reported earlier Thursday by ESPN’s Mike Wells that Grigson is expected to be retained throughout the team’s next head coaching search–which ultimately means the decision to part ways with Pagano has already been made.
Sep 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay (left) and general manager Ryan Grigson react during the game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Jets defeated the Colts 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
However, either Irsay is keeping his playing cards close to his chest or in fact, a decision has yet to have been made regarding the future of his coaching staff and front office.
That being said, it still appears more likely than not that Pagano will be coaching his last game for the team on Sunday all things considered–even if a decision has to yet to be formally made.
There’s clear disconnect between him and the front office and at 7-8 and soon to be eliminated from playoff contention, the Colts have clearly failed to live up to their championship expectations.
The 55 year old Pagano entered the season as a lame duck coach, as he turned down a modest 1-year contract extension by the team this past offseason.
As such, there’s been speculation ever since that the Colts top brass hasn’t been entirely sold on Pagano, and that anything short of a deep playoff run this season would lead to his dismissal as head coach.
While Pagano appears to be on his way out, the bigger question is whether Grigson will remain with the organization for at least another season.
That appears to be a question that will have to be answered another day, at least for now.