Colts fire Chuck Pagano after 6 seasons

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Clowney, who has been selected to start in the Pro Bowl, finished the 22-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts with seven tackles, 1/2 a sack and a quarterback hit. Two years of mediocrity and one bottoming-out season later, his tenure with the Colts is over.

But Pagano's Colts missed the playoffs in his final three seasons - the longest such stretch since prior to the Manning-Bill Polian regime - and he survived the firing last offseason of GM Ryan Grigson, with whom Pagano was supposedly contractually tied via matching extensions from owner Jim Irsay just one year earlier, and arrival of Ballard.

Pagano's first season as coach started with a hard personal fight.

The dramatic 2017 tailspin was complicated because the franchise went the entire season without quarterback Andrew Luck taking the field due to complications with his right shoulder.

In the first three seasons of Pagano's rein, the Colts earned three consecutive postseason berths.

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Pagano's "D" ranked 31st in yards and 30th in points allowed this season after an overhaul under Ballard.

Chuck Pagano is out after six seasons in Indianapolis.

"Chuck Pagano provided Colts fans with many exciting wins and memories as head coach of the Colts", team owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement. From 2012-14, he led the team to three consecutive 11-5 seasons and playoff appearances, including a trip to the AFC Championship at the end of the 2014 campaign.

Ian Rapoport's article on lists New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub, and Kansas City's offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the names to keep an eye on in the Colts' coaching search.