The Colts are 0-2 after losses to the Buffalo Bills and Jets, and Pagano believes the offense's carelessness with the football is a big reason for that, according to Mike Chappell of Fox 59:
The 54-year-old coach didn't appear to be willing to give quarterback Andrew Luck a pass in spite of his offensive line's subpar play through two games, per Chappell:
While that may have been a direct shot at Luck, since the highly touted signal-caller has failed to live up to MVP expectations thus far, it just as easily could have been a reference to general manager Ryan Grigson's inability or unwillingness to build up the offensive line.
Per Pro Football Talk, it has been reported for quite some time that Grigson and Pagano aren't on the same page, and the fact that Pagano is coaching the final year of his contract without an extension seems to back up the discord.
With no extension in place for the coach, Bleacher Report's Cian Fahey believes Pagano is well aware of his eventual fate:
Although Pagano may not be able to turn things around enough to land a new contract, Shalise Manza Young of Yahoo Sports views the front office as a much bigger issue than the coaching for the Colts:
Despite seemingly everything working against Pagano and the Colts through two weeks, the coach made it clear that he and his team aren't willing to lie down.
Per Nat Newell of the Indianapolis Star, Pagano pointed to last season as proof that there is still plenty of time to bounce back:
Indy undoubtedly has a ton of talent on both sides of the ball, but if there is friction between Pagano and the higher-ups, then it may be too much for the team to overcome.
That factor may be enough to allow Indianapolis to sneak into the playoffs, but unless the offensive line tightens up, Luck makes better decisions and the organizational iciness thaws out, another deep postseason run seems unlikely.
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