Chuck Pagano finished the season as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, and it appears he will remain in that role next season.
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Friday, Jan. 6
The 56-year-old didn't directly respond to a question about his job status after the team's Week 17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, per Nat Newell of the Indianapolis Star on Jan. 1:
Newell added that Pagano ended the press conference shortly after that question.
Schefter reported on Jan. 1 that Irsay is "very unhappy" with the team and could make changes to the coaching staff or front office.
Indianapolis finished the season 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Colts finished 11-5 in Pagano's first year with the team in 2012, although the coach himself missed 12 games due to cancer treatment while Bruce Arians filled in. This was the first of three straight seasons with an 11-5 record, although the team improved its finish each year.
After losing in the first round of the playoffs in 2012, the squad reached the divisional round in 2013 and the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
Unfortunately, the last two years have been major disappointments for a team that features one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL in Andrew Luck. The defense has struggled immensely during both seasons, ranking among the league's worst in yards allowed.
Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star noted the problem:
Pagano has a 49-31 career record and is 3-3 in the postseason.