ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (via Pro Football Talk) reports that the Colts have had “organizational discussions” about HC Chuck Pagano’s future with the team.
Reports have said since the start of the season that Pagano’s job could be in danger if the Colts didn’t make it deep into the playoffs. However, the Colts are currently 3-4 and struggling across the board this season, which leaves the postseason as an afterthought right now.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk recently mentioned that with the games coming up against the undefeated Panthers and Broncos, Pagano could be fired after the team’s bye much like Joe Philbin was replaced by the Dolphins during their bye.
Miami has rattled off back-to-back wins since they fired Philbin, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Colts owner Jim Irsay wanted to shake things up in the hope of similar results.
Earlier in the year, the Colts offered Pagano a one-year extension to prevent him from being a lame duck head coach, but Pagano elected to bet on himself with his contract, and he’s now in a prove-it situation.
There have also been reports that have said the relationship between Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson isn’t very good either.
For what it’s worth, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reported that Irsay and Grigson had a “heated conversation” in the locker room following Sunday’s loss to the Saints, so his job could also be in danger.
We’ll have more regarding the Colts and Pagano as the news is available.