Colts fans debate future of team’s leadership

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 4, 2016) – After a disappointed 8-8 season, Colts fans are awaiting official word about who will be leading the team next season.

Widespread reports, including sources of Indy Sports Central’s Chris Hagan, have said head coach Chuck Pagano would not be resigned to a new contract for next season. The reports, following months of speculation about Pagano’s future, had fans debating who was to blame for a .500 season that began with pre-season Super Bowl buzz.

“Never really seemed like the offense got in sequence,” said Colts fan Tom Sizemore. “I think they (players) all like Chuck, I think they play hard for him. But it definitely wasn’t proven if he was the right guy for the job.”

“Honestly, I think Pagano is getting a raw deal,” said Chis Goodwin. “His starting quarterback was out most of the year.”

Goodwin is a Tennessee Titans fan who was in Indianapolis for Sunday’s last regular season game.

“We’d love to get Pagano if he’s going to be available,” Goodwin said.

Pagano met with players Monday afternoon, but apparently said nothing about his future with the team. Pagano has avoided comment on reports and speculation about his job security.

“He’s trying to take the high road, I think of the person that he is,” said 1070 The Fan Program Director, Greg Rakestraw. “But you’ve also got to remember that potentially, Chuck is auditioning for his next job.”

The debate continued on 1070’s airwaves during the Dan Dakich Show.

“The deal is, this is a team of ‘me’ guys,” Dakich said during his program. “This is a team of bad leadership. Now if you want to put that on Pagano, great.  If you want to put that on Grigson, great.”

Several callers to the program argued that Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson should be let go instead of Pagano.

“If we had an offensive line, he (Andrew Luck) wouldn’t have gotten hurt,” one caller said.

As of late Monday afternoon, no official announcement had come from the Colts complex on West 56th Street.  No announcement was expected until after owner Jim Irsay and Pagano had a chance to meet.


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