Sources: Colts, Pagano expected to part ways

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The Indianapolis Colts are expected to part ways with coach Chuck Pagano, sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Colts, currently 3-12 and last in the AFC South with their season finale against the 4-11 Houston Texans on Sunday, have missed the playoffs each of the last three years and struggled this season without injured star quarterback Andrew Luck.

This season will be the team’s worst since Indianapolis finished 2-14 in 2011.

The Colts have missed the postseason each of the last three seasons under Chuck Pagano and finished last in the AFC South this year. Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports

Colts owner Jim Irsay opted to retain Pagano when then-general manager Ryan Grigson was fired last January, saying at the time that splitting up the coach-GM pairing was “what’s best” for the franchise.

Pagano, despite being just two years into a four-year deal, acknowledged in early December that his job security was tenuous, saying “the shelf life for these jobs isn’t long.”

2018 draft position: Top-three selection in first round and seven overall picks.

2018 projected salary cap space: $83.3 million

2018 starting QB: The hope is for Andrew Luck to be back after missing the 2017 season with a right shoulder injury. The Colts have insurance in Jacoby Brissett if Luck continues to have shoulder problems. Brissett started 15 of 16 games in 2017 after being acquired from New England a week before the start of the regular season.

Key free agents: RB Frank Gore, OL Jack Mewhort, WR Donte Moncrief, CB Rashaan Melvin, K Adam Vinatieri

Bill Barnwell’s job grade: B

— Mike Wells

The Colts’ struggles over the last three years under Pagano have coincided with Luck’s injury woes. The three-time Pro Bowler has been sidelined 26 games over the stretch and missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from shoulder surgery.

Pagano led the Colts to the playoffs, including reaching the AFC Championship game in 2014, in each of his first three seasons. They went undefeated in the AFC South in 2013 and 2014.

But things started to change in 2015, when the Colts posted the first of back-to-back 8-8 seasons. Indianapolis has missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997-98.

Pagano, 57, is 52-43 ahead of Sunday’s regular-season finale in his almost six full seasons with the Colts. He missed 12 games to undergo treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia in his first season with the Colts in 2012. Doctors announced later that year that Pagano’s cancer is in remission.

Pagano arrived in Indianapolis in 2012 as a first-time head coach with a defensive reputation after being defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. The defensive results never materialized, however, as Indianapolis finished 20th or worse in total defense in five of Pagano’s six seasons, including 31st in 2017.

Pagano’s inability to beat AFC contenders Pittsburgh and New England also hurt him; the Colts were a combined 0-8 against those two teams under Pagano. They lost by an average of 24.3 points to the Steelers and by an average of 24.6 points to the Patriots.

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