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Reports: Chuck Pagano out in Indianapolis

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According to a report on ESPN.com, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano will be fired unless the Colts pull out a miraculous postseason spot on Sunday.

To win the AFC South, the Colts need to beat the Tennessee Titans and get help from eight other teams, and they will be doing it with their fourth, fifth and sixth quarterbacks of the season. With Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst, the Colts will go into the final game with Stephen Morris, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley as their quarterbacks. Freeman and Lindley only signed on Wednesday.

Even with the Colts going 7-8 this season, Pagano owns a .635 winning percentage in the regular season, and had taken Indianapolis to the postseason in each of the last three years. He battled leukemia during the 2012 season, leaving Bruce Arians to run the team for all but four games.

The ESPN story reports that Pagano’s departure would be, in great part, due to the breakdown in his relationship with general manager Ryan Grigson. Grigson and owner Jim Irsay are expected to lead the coaching search, but Grigson’s long-term future would depend on the wishes of the new coach.

 

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