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Chuck Pagano has no regrets, no talks with Irsay about his future

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 27: Kendall Langford #90 is congratulated by head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts  during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

With the Broncos beating the Bengals last night, the list of things the Colts need to happen to make the playoffs is down to nine.

Of course, the list of days Chuck Pagano has has their head coach is probably shorter than that.

Via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, Pagano said Monday he had no regrets, as well as no meetings about his future with owner Jim Irsay.

So he’s entering what’s expected to be the last week of his contract and down to starting a quarterback he claimed off the Eagles practice squad on Christmas Eve.

“My late father-in-law used to tell [my wife] and I all the time, ‘Life’s tough. That’s just how it is,’” Pagano said.

But while he was reflective, he wasn’t pining away for another chance. Asked if he regretted not taking the team’s offer of a one-year contract extension last year, he replied: “Nope.”

Asked if he had talked to Irsay about his future, he replied: “Nope.”

“Like I told you guys a long time ago, I’m going to be fine,” Pagano said. “I’m covered. I’m covered. I got one goal, one focus, and that’s the Tennessee Titans, and getting this team ready to win another football game and give us a chance. If the stars line up, . . . ”

But it would take a lot of lining up. Specifically, he’d need the Colts beat the Titans followed by a list which would require the Jaguars to beat the Texans, the Falcons to beat the Saints, the Dolphins to beat the Patriots, the Broncos to beat the Chargers, the Ravens to beat the Bengals, the Bills to beat the Jets, the Raiders to beat the Chiefs, and the Steelers to beat the Browns.

Those odds are long. But after overcoming cancer during his stint with the Colts, long odds don’t seem to be anything Pagano is afraid of.

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15 Responses to “Chuck Pagano has no regrets, no talks with Irsay about his future”
  1. jag1959 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:22 AM

    “No talks with Irsay about his future”

    Maybe he doesn’t want to put his “they can’t eat you” premise to the test. But seriously what talk is there to have? Irsay doesn’t actually have to do anything, Pagano’s contract will expire and that will be that.

  2. 6ball says: Dec 29, 2015 9:25 AM

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    Why does the Indianapolis (or any) media allow Pagano to suffer the slings and arrows while the architect of the disaster, Ryan Grigson, remains accountable to no one.
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  3. screamingsheep69 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:34 AM

    What would that parlay pay if you bet it?

  4. BecauseIdRatherBeACheaterThanALoser says: Dec 29, 2015 9:37 AM

    Irsay is too busy buying out the local pharmacy to be talking contracts right now, Chuck.

    Oh yeah and *Tainted Manning* and the Colts culture of cheating.

    *Colts Tainted Legacy*

    *

  5. jholmes20 says: Dec 29, 2015 9:53 AM

    6Ball you must not read much of the media stuff or the stuff with the colts because Grigson gets killed just as much as Pagano. Problem is he didn’t except the extension he tried to do the whole Joe flacco thing, but things didn’t go as planned and now he’s sh!t out of luck, no pun. I personally think just watching the colts on tv they have a decent to pretty good squad, but they play the same way every time for the last 4 years. Slow starts, have to come back and try to win game or they flat out get blown out against good teams, they win close games against average teams and Pagano thinks it’s the greatest win of all time. He should have taken the 1 year deal but he bet on himself with not being the same type of coach as Arians, pagano thinks he might be better than what he really is IMO

  6. lscottman3 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:10 AM

    i hope after he gets fired he comes out an tells everyone how grigson and kensil schemed to create deflategate.

    unfortunately pagano was part of the scheme and lied saying he was not aware the team notified the NFL.

    if he is that much of a stand up guy he will tell the truth.

    and get the colt ball boy with the needles to come forward too.

  7. jgd3rd says: Dec 29, 2015 10:43 AM

    The Indianapolis Irsay’s don’t deserve a high quality coach like Pagano. In the off season the Irsay’s will hire a stool pigeon who will prove to be dreadful.

    I love it!

    I can’t wait for Luck to leave via free agency or, stay, and put the Irsay’s in eternal CAP hell while Luck rests his laurels on some variety of an injured list.

    How sweet it will be!!

  8. dabears62 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:46 AM

    Zak Keefer is a terrible sports reporter. He never has an original idea, and never researches his stories.

  9. dabears62 says: Dec 29, 2015 10:49 AM

    How does the Falcons beating the Saints effect Colts chances of going to the playoffs??

  10. danfromindy says: Dec 29, 2015 11:07 AM

    I still love how some Pats fans on here blame the Colts for their team getting caught cheating… The Pats don’t blame the Colts, so why do you? The Pats organization admitted they cheated by paying a million dollars and giving up draft picks… They didn’t fight like Brady did… If you want to blame anyone, blame Kraft or Bill, not the team that shouldn’t have even been in that game to begin with… You should be asking why they had to cheat anyway to beat a team that completely overplayed to even get in that game despite the horrible coaching and GM work…

  11. lscottman3 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:37 AM

    danfrommindy

    check the stories out there,

    the colts indeed were part of the sting effort to “get” the patriots.

    there was no deliberate air pressure taken out of any football.

    Kraft went to the owner’s meeting with the intent of asking the NFL to apologize.
    He was met with hostility and cries of culture of cheating, based on false reports of 11 out of 12 balls being under 2 psi.

    read the facts, he could not do anything as 1 of 32 owners, the team does not have the protection the players do against false accusations.

    Read the Sally Jenkins story in the Washington Post, try learning the truth. Then if you are a little ambitious read the judges ruling.

    If after reading those two documents you think Brady and the Patriots cheated by deflating balls you can tell us.

  12. captainwhodat says: Dec 29, 2015 1:37 PM

    fire Grigson…give me the New Year I deserve…

  13. sactogary says: Dec 29, 2015 2:03 PM

    Dec 29, 2015 10:49 AM – dabears62 says: How does the Falcons beating the Saints effect Colts chances of going to the playoffs??

    If the Colts win and the Texans lose, they will be tied, not only in record, but in the first four tie-breakers. The fifth tie-breaker is strength of victory, which considers the records of the teams they defeated. The Colts beat the Falcons and the Texans beat the Saints. If the Falcons beat the Saints, that makes the Colts record more impressive for this tie-breaker.

  14. charliecharger says: Dec 29, 2015 2:33 PM

    I love Chuck Pagano, the man, but I think this job is eating him up. Since Bruce Arians left for Arizona, the coordinators haven’t been nearly as good. The Colts made it all the way to the AFC Championship game last year on talent alone. If they get a new staff in here next year, I think they’ll go to the super bowl. They have the talent to win it all.

  15. dabears62 says: Dec 29, 2015 3:54 PM

    Dec 29, 2015 10:49 AM – dabears62 says: How does the Falcons beating the Saints effect Colts chances of going to the playoffs??

    If the Colts win and the Texans lose, they will be tied, not only in record, but in the first four tie-breakers. The fifth tie-breaker is strength of victory, which considers the records of the teams they defeated. The Colts beat the Falcons and the Texans beat the Saints. If the Falcons beat the Saints, that makes the Colts record more impressive for this tie-breaker.

    Thanks for clearing this up, it all seems logical now.

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