According to WTHR’s Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano will not be fired–at least for now, following an abysmal 27-0 shutout loss at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars (the franchise’s first since 1993):
Barring a last-second change of heart, the Colts will NOT fire Chuck Pagano today, per source.
— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) October 23, 2017
The Colts have fallen to 2-5 on the season now and are in last place in the AFC South with their only wins against the currently winless 0-7 Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers at home respectively.
Granted, there are player personnel issues, but despite being a defensive minded coach, Pagano’s Colts defense currently ranks dead last in the NFL allowing an average of 31.7 points per game and 31st in allowed average total yards per game at 425.4 yards per game. He’s simply not getting the most of whatever limited ‘horses’ he currently has in his stable.
It’s worth noting that Pagano is without star quarterback Andrew Luck, and the roster is still devoid of talent on both sides of the football–particularly along the offensive line, inside linebacker, and pass rusher.
However, the Colts right now simply aren’t competitive on either offense or defense, and it clearly shows in the box score, as they suffer blowout losses to anyone who isn’t likewise, a terrible team.
As it stands, the Colts -103 point differential is the largest in all of football.
Pagano’s seat will only get hotter (to essentially from its current state of hot lava to the sun) if the Colts consistently continue to field an uncompetitive team on Sundays, as simply put, the status quo cannot carry on for much longer–if at all.
Fans are beginning to become apathetic to the Colts, which should be an unforgivable offense for team owner Jim Irsay.