After years of hedging and wavering between making coaching or front office changes, the Colts are preparing to conduct a coaching search this week, with sources close to Chuck Pagano saying the head coach expects to be relieved of his duties after the season.
The Colts made the move about an hour after Sunday's 22-13 win over the Texans.
"Chuck Pagano provided Colts fans with many exciting wins and memories as head coach of the Colts", said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay.
Head coach Chuck Pagano was sacked Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts wrapped up the 2017 season with few bright spots. Pagano also coached 10 Pro Bowl players during his tenure with the Colts. Ballard has strong ties to two members of the Chiefs coaching staff, who he worked with prior to getting the job in Indianapolis last season, both of whom are expected to merit consideration for the coaching job.
"We are thankful for Chuck's contributions to our franchise and community". They were without quarterback Andrew Luck for the entire 2017 season after he underwent surgery last January to fix a torn labrum that has bothered him since 2015.
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During the 2012-13 National Football League season, Pagano missed 12 games due to his battle with leukemia but rallied the Colts to the playoffs.
Over his six seasons as head coach in Indianapolis during the regular season and postseason, Pagano compiled a 56-46 career record at the helm.
Irsay fired general manager Ryan Grigson previous year, but kept Pagano at the time. After a trio of 11-5 seasons and two AFC South titles, the Colts had consecutive 8-8 seasons before the disappointing 2017 campaign.
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Rapoport cited the attractiveness of coaching Andrew Luck, and general manager Chris Ballard's history in Kansas City as reasons for why these candidates make sense for the Colts.