According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Colts owner Jim Irsay is has been “very unhappy” with team’s performance for the past few weeks now and members of the team’s coaching staff fear that change is coming after the season.
This is interesting, considering that Irsay told Ian Rapoport of NFL Media a few weeks ago that he doesn’t anticipate making any wholesale changes to the team during the offseason.
“I would say it would be unlikely for any changes to occur, honestly,” Irsay said earlier this week at the league meetings in Houston. “It’s unlikely, but look, we’ll see when we sit down and thoroughly vet the season … We’ll see what happens. Obviously it’s been a disappointing week coming off that loss, but we will get ready for the Vikings and get to 9-7 and see what happens. There’s still hope but we obviously have to win the next three games to maintain that.”
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that a big factor for the Colts could be the number of empty seats for today’s meaningless game against the Jaguars.
According to Florio, some believe Irsay is more likely to fire GM Ryan Grigson and HC Chuck Pagano. Although, Florio admits that keeping Pagano on board while moving on from Grigson would create an awkward situation in Indianapolis.
Having Andrew Luck in his prime only increases the expectations from the team and makes a loss to the Texans, who are in the playoffs with Tom Savage as their quarterback, harder to swallow.
Pagano, 56, was hired as the Colts’ head coach back in 2012. He has led the team to a record of 48 and 31 (60.8 percent), which includes three playoff appearances and a trip to the AFC Championship game back in 2014.
We’ll have more regarding changes for the Colts as the news is available.