Chuck Pagano

He is currently on the hot seat in Indianapolis and I expect him to be fired. This is a man who inherited a 2-14 team that just cut ties with Peyton Manning. They chose Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in 2012 and it has worked out for them. The Colts finished 11-5 despite Pagano missing 11 weeks due to leukemia treatments. With a clean bill of health, he led them to consecutive 11-5 seasons including two divisional titles in 2013 and 2014. They made the playoffs all three seasons and got deeper in the postseason each year making it to the AFC championship before losing to New England. The following season, Luck was hampered by injuries and the Colts couldn’t rebound. After two subpar years and now a third, even though Andrew Luck hasn’t played a single down, Pagano is pretty much on his way out the door. He also has ties to Cleveland and the AFC North. He coached the Browns secondary from 2001-04 and Baltimore’s from 2008-2010. He was promoted to defensive coordinator before taking the head coaching job in Indy. Chuck is a great coach, but I don’t blame their decline on him. I pin it on GM Ryan Grigson for not supplying the talent to put this team over the top. That’s probably why he was fired nine months ago. Unfortunately, Pagano will end up being a casualty of GM decisions, but it’s great for Cleveland if they decide to take a look.

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