Why the Colts fired Chuck Pagano as head coach after 6 seasons

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Pagano reportedly was told of the decision Saturday and informed the team prior to taking on the Houston Texans on Sunday that Week 17 would be the "last rodeo together".

Chuck Pagano is out after six seasons in Indianapolis. In his first three years at the helm in Indianapolis, he took his team to the postseason, advancing as far as the AFC Championship Game during the 2013 year, winning 11 games each season.

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. "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. We are thankful for Chuck's contributions to our franchise and community and we wish him, Tina and the entire Pagano family nothing but the best moving forward".

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Clowney, who has been selected to start in the Pro Bowl, finished the 22-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts with seven tackles, 1/2 a sack and a quarterback hit. Although his tenure in Denver did not end well, he has been one of the league's most successful offensive coordinators during two different stints with the Patriots. Luck's litany of injuries have hurt, but this club has also failed to fix long-standing issues on defense and along the offensive line.

Pagano's first season as coach started with a hard personal fight. As for Pagano, he's a lock to find another gig - just not as a head coach.

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