Jason La Canfora reports that Colts HC Chuck Pagano does not have the autonomy to hire or fire staff as he sees fit.
According to La Canfora, Pagano wanted to hire Rob Chudzinski as their offensive coordinator, but he was ultimately overruled and the team wound up going with Pep Hamilton instead.
It’s worth mentioning that Ian Rapoport points out that the dates don’t work with this suggestion, seeing as Chudzinski was still the Browns’ head coach for seven days after Hamilton had been hired.
According to Rapoport, Pagano has told people he has doubts he returns to Indy next 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 no in a prove-it situation.
Rapoport adds that Pagano’s comment regarding their offensive line struggles over the past three years wasn’t a shot at the front office, and was instead just a comment on differing lineups that they’ve had to go with due to injuries.
Recent reports have said that it’s unlikely Pagano is back barring a Super Bowl appearance, and things do not appear to be going very well for the Colts right now.
Beyond that, the relationship between Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson reportedly isn’t not very good, and some believe owner Jim Irsay would side with Grigson if a decision needed to be made.
We’ll have more regarding the Colts and Pagano as the news is available.