One day after the Indianapolis Colts made the surprise move of retaining both head coach Chuck Pagano and General Manager Ryan Grigson, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that the team has fired their defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky.
Per the DVOA metric from Football Outsiders, the Colts’ defense was actually above-average, and in fact a top-10 unit when taking into account the most recent games. While Indianapolis’ division, the AFC South, was derided for being one of the weakest in the game this season, even that division’s worst teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, did have explosive young quarterbacks in Blake Bortles and Marcus Mariota.
Indianapolis went from tenth in the league in yards allowed per play in 2014 down to 26th in the league in the same category this season. Heading into December, the Colts sat at 6-5, but lost their next two games in blowouts, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-10 and then 51-16 to the Jaguars.
Manusky has been the Colts’ defensive coordinator since 2012, Andrew Luck’s rookie season, during which interim coach Bruce Arians led the team to an emotional playoff berth while Pagano pursued treatment for leukemia.