Chuck Pagano’s Contract Extension is Reportedly for 4 Years

Jan 3, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports /
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According to CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano‘s new contract extension is apparently for 4 years:

(UPDATE: 10:45 PM EST): The 4-year contract extension has been confirmed by Jim Irsay

In a bizarre turn of events, the Colts decided to give their embattled head coach a contract extension rather than dismiss him, which had been widely anticipated beforehand.

Per La Canfora, owner Jim Irsay was apparently swayed into keeping Pagano by the overwhelming support and outcry he received from his players:

Despite enduring a nightmare of a season, Pagano never lost the locker room and still managed to finish 8-8–even having lost star quarterback Andrew Luck for 9 games because of injury.

Simply put, Pagano did exactly what he said he would do and “fought his ass off” to remain the Colts head coach. In the process, he must’ve made a very strong case to Irsay as to why he’s still the right man for the job:

While Pagano has his fair share of coaching critics, no one can debate that he has won a lot of football games while with the Colts–having gone 41-23 (.641) in his 4 seasons with the team and only missing the playoffs this season.

As such, it looks like he’ll be the Colts head coach for the foreseeable future.