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Jim Irsay: “Wrong to assume” it is win or else for Chuck Pagano

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The Colts made a change at General Manager after the 2016 season by dispatching Ryan Grigson and bringing in Chris Ballard to run the personnel side of things in his place.

Coach Chuck Pagano remains in his job, but Ballard’s arrival and two straight years out of the playoffs would seem to put him in the crosshairs should the team decide to make another change heading into the 2018 season. During a media session at the owners meetings in Arizona on Monday, Colts owner Jim Irsay said that any decision on that front won’t be based solely on the team’s record.

Irsay talked about the need to build around young players who will be with the team for several years and broached the possibility of trading down in the draft to stockpile picks, both of which could be seen as signs of a patient approach in Indianapolis. His comments about Pagano send the same message.

“I think it is wrong to assume, particularly coming from me, the owner, that, ‘Hey, Chuck, you better win or else. … This year, you’ve got to get it done,'” Irsay said, via the Indianapolis Star. “Honestly, I think it’s really about seeing how we are getting the best players on the field and really doing the type of smart things that really make you sit back and say, ‘Hey, I don’t know if Chuck would have done that three or four years ago. I see growth there.'”

Improvement in terms of the team’s record is black and white, but the progress that Irsay is talking about can be a bit harder to quantify. That’s especially true if the focus on developing younger players coincides with a downturn in the standings that upsets a fanbase that likely expected to be in a different place at this stage of quarterback Andrew Luck’s career.

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20 Responses to “Jim Irsay: “Wrong to assume” it is win or else for Chuck Pagano”
  1. elyasm says: Mar 28, 2017 11:01 AM

    There should be a sign over the door to the Colts’ locker room:

    Win or Whatever.
    -Jim Irsay

  2. cueghost says: Mar 28, 2017 11:03 AM

    It seems like the Colts are one of the worst coached teams in the NFL. They were good the year Chuck was out….. Time to call a spade a spade and hit the refresh button before Andrew Luck’s career is squandered.

  3. RegisHawk says: Mar 28, 2017 11:05 AM

    …because then you’ll spoil the surprise…

  4. nhpats says: Mar 28, 2017 11:06 AM

    Nobody expects the Colts to win anything any more

  5. Indybear says: Mar 28, 2017 11:06 AM

    It doesn’t matter if it’s Pagano or anyone else. The NFL, and most sports, has always been win or else. Irsay is a drug-addled fool and he proves it each time he opens up his pill hole.

  6. Art Good says: Mar 28, 2017 11:09 AM

    Come on Jim, of course it is win or else.

    The fans in Indianapolis will only tolerate Pagano for another year if he gets us deep into the playoffs. Also, Luck better stay healthy and play a full season while putting up great numbers, or they will write him off as well.

    Time for the Colts to win again.

  7. touchdownelvis says: Mar 28, 2017 11:17 AM

    “Keep those participation banners coming, Chuck!” – Jim Irsay

  8. bert1913 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:18 AM

    When you read quotes from irsay, read them really slow. That way it sounds like a drunk irsay saying things

  9. concord148 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:18 AM

    Your right, if Pagano doesn’t win, he’s gone.

  10. I prefer my Crush to be Orange says: Mar 28, 2017 11:26 AM

    It would also be wrong to assume you’re sober.

  11. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Mar 28, 2017 11:40 AM

    ‘Participate, or Else !’

  12. justbegbaby says: Mar 28, 2017 11:44 AM

    Wow. Expectations are certainly different in Indy. Denver fired John Fox who went 46-18, 4 straight AFC WEST Crowns, and 1 SB appearance. Hopefully, Pagano will win the Colts more Participation Banners.

  13. 12444uggg says: Mar 28, 2017 12:19 PM

    Luck will not be written off, regardless of what happens this year (aside from him forgetting how to play).
    Chuck will be. Jim probably shouldn’t do his vote of confidence right now, but it’s obvious that a third 8-8 season isn’t going to cut it.

  14. clayjtitan66 says: Mar 28, 2017 12:41 PM

    Who is worse, Snyder or Irsay?

  15. pftfan1 says: Mar 28, 2017 1:02 PM

    Jim Irsay: “Wrong to assume… that I will be truthful about Chuck Pagano’s fate with a microphone in my face.”

    Of course he won’t confirm it. Nothing to see here…

  16. blessedunliketherest says: Mar 28, 2017 1:26 PM

    What’s the point of even showing up? If this team even makes it out of the pathetic AFCS, they will eventually have to face NE. Look how that’s turned out for the Luck-run Colts?

    I guess they would always manufacture some scandal again, but last time that lead to a 30+ beating in the AFCC game.

    What a sorry excuse for a football franchise.

  17. smokingthebowels says: Mar 28, 2017 1:30 PM

    “Chuck Strong, players play better for u when they know your battling cancer.”

    -Bernie Kosar

  18. midnightcusk says: Mar 28, 2017 2:08 PM

    Their logo is their entire strategy.

    They used to try to manipulate the league rules to get their own players an advantage. Now? They phone NFL headquarters for help when they are about to get their a$$es handed to them. Kind of sad, really.

  19. riraider says: Mar 28, 2017 2:16 PM

    Said it before, Luck should never have resigned with the Colts. What a waste of talented QB. Just think what Luck could have accomplished on a Professional NFL team !

  20. wib22 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:46 PM

    Did jimmy say that when he downed another bottle of pills?

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