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Colts expected to fire Chuck Pagano

Dec 23 2017 Baltimore MD USA Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano looks onto the field during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Domingo Copeland | 01 January, 2018, 04:37

"Throughout his tenure in Indianapolis, he impacted the lives of the players he coached, those who he worked with in the organization and Colts fans across the globe".

Owner Jim Irsay almost made this move twice in recent years, and with the franchise struggling and the future of Andrew Luck in doubt and with rookie general manager Chris Ballard embarked on a long-term reshaping of the organization, more changes are coming in 2018, league sources indicated.

Head coach Chuck Pagano was sacked on Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts wrapped up the 2017 season with few bright spots.

Two years into a four-year extension, Pagano spent six seasons with the Colts.

But the team failed to compile a winning record the past three seasons as they were hampered by multiple injuries to quarterback Andrew Luck.

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Special teams coach Dave Toub has interviewed for several openings in recent years, has a strong endorsement from Chiefs well-respected coach Andy Reid and is a lead Ballard thinks highly of.

Pagano's first season as coach started with a hard personal fight.

Pagano led the Colts to four wins but Indianapolis finished with their worst record since 2011, when Peyton Manning was sidelined to undergo fusion surgery on his neck.

But Indianapolis, which advanced one round further in each of three preseason trips, were dismantled by the Patriots in the 2014 AFC title game - the "Deflategate" game - and haven't been back to the playoffs since. But Luck's missed 26 of the past 48 games, when a pair of 8-8 campaigns preceded this year's rebuilding season.

He is the only one of the three candidates that has prior National Football League head coaching experience.

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