Colts agree to contract extension with Chuck Pagano

2021年11月20日 by 没有评论

Night net null null null Despite questions surround his future, Chuck Pagano is staying in Indianapolis. The Colts announced Monday night that they have agreed to a four-year contract extension with Pagano, who has been the team's head coach since 2012. MORE: 10 most disappointing Night net teams of 2015 | 10 most impressive teams of 2015"I've had a lot of great days in my life, but none better than today. This is absolutely the best day of my life," Pagano said in a Monday night news conference with team owner Jim Irsay and general manager Ryan Grigson. "I'm grateful to Mr. Irsay for the opportunity. He's stood behind me and never gave up on me.  "Given this opportunity to move forward ... words can't describe how I feel right now. It's a great, great day."Irsay said he was hopeful all along to keep Pagano after "careful consideration.""My focus was always on winning," Irsay said. "You'd like to have continuity if you can have it. This wasn't fan pressure or player pressure. Chuck's won 44 games the last four years."The Colts beat the Titans in their final home game Sunday to finish the season at 8-8. Pagano has a 41-23 regular-season record and a 3-3 playoff mark, without a single losing season on his resume, during his four seasons as head coach. An apparent tumultuous relationship with Grigson created a culture of dysfunction in Indianapolis. Grigson had reportedly undermined Pagano when he wanted to discipline certain players and even insisted that former running back Trent Richardson play to create a narrative that it was a good trade to send a first-round pick to Cleveland in 2013.Irsay said Pagano insisted that he and Grigson remained "tied at the hip" and Grigson was also given a new contract extension."Chuck Pagano is a great man. We've been through the ringer together, but we're still focused on one goal," Grigson said Monday night. "We're united and have our eyes set on championships."Pagano led Indianapolis to identical 11-5 marks in each of his first three

seasons, but slipped to 8-8 this year and failed to make the playoffs. The Colts were in the AFC Championship game last season, where they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots.But Pagano came under fire on several occasions this season, including a bizarre fake punt attempt that failed spectacularly. Pagano became a sympathetic figure in 2012, when he battled leukemia. Then-offensive coordinator Bruce Arians coached the team for 12 games, going 9-3 to earn coach of the year honors. Despite the team's struggles, Pagano never lost the respect of his players. “He loves every one of us and he wants to be here and coach here," offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo said. Luck said earlier Monday that the season had been trying as he was forced to stay on the sideline. He said Pagano remained positive despite questions about the coach's future."He's given his heart and soul every day since I've been here," Luck said. "He's always been a bastion of good coaching."Mr. Irsay has done a great job of leading this franchise for a long, long time. It’s a winning franchise, Super Bowl winner, very, very successful. I know that he has a vision for this team and whatever it is we will be there to try and get it done."Omnisport's Joe Rodgers contributed to this report.