Irsay: Pagano isn’t coaching for his job

AP

Before Sunday’s games kicked off, there were reports on both FOX and CBS concerning Colts coach Chuck Pagano.

Pagano’s contract is up after the 2015 season and Jason LaCanfora of CBS reported that people close to Pagano believe “it’s inevitable he’ll be coaching elsewhere” next season. Jay Glazer of FOX reported that Colts players are confused by Pagano’s lame duck status and owner Jim Irsay faced questions about the reports after Sunday’s 27-14 loss in Buffalo.

Irsay said that it “couldn’t be further from the truth” that Pagano is already on his way out in Indy and denied that there was a rift between the coach and General Manager Ryan Grigson. Irsay went on to say he was “shocked” to hear the reports because Pagano isn’t coaching for his job.

“I don’t look at it that way at all,” Irsay said, via the Indianapolis Star. “Whenever these guys are in coaching, as players, everyone has to win. I mean that’s a given. I don’t look at it like he’s coaching for his job or anything like that. I don’t see the dynamic being anything different than any other year in the past, to be honest with you.”

You can define it semantically any way you like, but Pagano doesn’t have a contract for next season so he’s either coaching for his job or the Colts have already decided to move on to another coach. If it’s the former, Sunday’s game won’t help him much although Grigson deserves no small measure of blame for the performance of a roster short on quality offensive linemen and defensive playmakers.

41 responses to “Irsay: Pagano isn’t coaching for his job

  1. The Colts haven’t improved their biggest defensive and OL weaknesses and I don’t see how that’s Pagano’s fault. But yeah, he’s coaching for his job. Anything short of a Superbowl and I think he’s gone like the wind.

  2. The gm should be fired.

    Richardson for a first rounder, all his trades for guys who never really made an impact.

    If I became the gm of a team that drafted andrew luck I could probably replicate his crappy time as gm.

  3. vancouversportsbro says:
    Sep 13, 2015 6:46 PM

    The gm should be fired.

    Richardson for a first rounder, all his trades for guys who never really made an impact.

    If I became the gm of a team that drafted andrew luck I could probably replicate his crappy time as gm.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    For the first time ever I agree with your point of view but I will NEVER EVER give you a single thumbs up.

    I will just wait for your next post and add to my collection of hundreds of thumbs down you have earned from me.

  4. Man, I would love to see Jim Harbaugh take over this team. He coached Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener in college, worked with Pep Hamilton at Stanford, and he even played QB for the Colts until Manning supplanted him. I think he’s the guy we would win a Super Bowl (or Super Bowls) with.

    The problem is I just can’t see him leaving his alma mater Michigan after one season, and we’ll be stuck with someone like Nick effing Saban. This sucks

  5. Grigson’s off season moves were inexplicable. The two senior citizen pick ups, Johnson and Gore, were the most over rated of the off season. When Hilton went down Dorsett made some catches but his only memorable play was turning over a fumbled punt.

    Pagano will be fortunate to be free of Irsay and Grigson.

  6. He or Grigson should be. The colts haven’t changed, they stink, they’re soft, and poorly coached. Good thy for them they play in the powderpuff division.

  7. What’s the difference. Doesn’t matter who the coach is. Irsay is a loser and Indy is a loser town.

  8. Why not Mike Shanahan as the next Colts coach? Sure he’s never won anything since he had Elway, but this team has Andrew Luck, whom some have considered to be the next Elway. And I’ll give Shanny the benefit of the doubt with the RG3 fiasco. Just a thought…couldn’t do much worse than Pagano at least

  9. Yeah it’s not like the sky is falling, oh wait a second but the stadium roof thing? Huh huh huh! Btw Irsay? He’s a just a embarrassment, & that’s not funny!

  10. They were AFC Finalists… Only if those damn balls were fully inflated last January….

    In all seriousness his players can’t tackle… He should be let go… I bet Irsy wishes he was Bob Kraft. Also, I bet he wishes he still had the guy with the funny hat in AZ…

  11. Pagano is out form under the druggie owner looser ASAP.

    Pagano says no thanks to the lame contract extension offer I’m ou ofa here.

  12. Colts started 0-2 last year and the same clan were in here chirping last year about how they won’t win 3 games, the patriots got demolished in week 1 last year, of course no patriots fan will bring that up now

  13. Grigson and Irsay deserve each other, and we all know Pagano lies. I hope I get to see every Colts game this year, nothing like watching a ship full of hypocritical, lying rats going down.

  14. thermanmerman99 says:
    Sep 13, 2015 7:51 PM
    Colts started 0-2 last year and the same clan were in here chirping last year about how they won’t win 3 games, the patriots got demolished in week 1 last year, of course no patriots fan will bring that up now
    _________________________________
    The fact that both teams lost does not make them equal genius. There’s a crucial difference. One team has competent coaches, managers and leaders – and one doesn’t. How many times do the Pats need to run the exact same game plan embarrassing the Colts before Irsay, Grigson and Pagano start to see the pattern? The draft and free agency and today’s game plan show that Pagano and Grigson still don’t know why they lose games. Everybody understands what they are missing…except them.

  15. I truly believe that Andrew Luck is a generational talent capable of winning multiple Super Bowls.

    I also believe that Irsay, Grigson, and Pagano represent one of the more incompetent ownership/management/coaching groups in the NFL.

    So……..

  16. Somebody is going to be paying Pagano $6 mil a year next year to coach for them. It does sound like another Harbaugh situation though.

  17. I have long since thought that Pagano isn’t the coach that will lead this team to the promised land. The simple sign of a bad coach is when the team constantly falls behind to start the game. The talent is good enough to come back a lot but the team is simply not prepared to come out of the gates.

  18. The Colts will not keep or attain a top level coach with an egotistical GM like Grigson in charge. Having an owner with substance abuse problems will prevent positive change.

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