Owner Jim Irsay almost made this move twice in recent years, and with the franchise struggling and the future of Andrew Luck in doubt and with rookie general manager Chris Ballard embarked on a long-term reshaping of the organization, more changes are coming in 2018, league sources indicated.
The Chuck Pagano era has officially come to an end with the Indianapolis Colts after six seasons, the team announced on Sunday.
Much of that is due quarterback Andrew Luck's injury to his throwing shoulder he suffered during the 2015 season.
Pagano's "D" ranked 31st in yards and 30th in points allowed this season after an overhaul under Ballard.
Pagano has been the head coach of the Colts since the 2012 season. At 4-12, the Colts finished under.500 for the first time since Pagano got the job in 2012. That included his debut, in 2012, when Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and left the team for almost three months with offensive coordinator and eventual Coach of the Year Bruce Arians while undergoing treatment.
The Colts made the playoffs the next two seasons, and advanced to the AFC Championship game during the 2014 season.
Ian Rapoport's article on NFL.com 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.
He is the only one of the three candidates that has prior National Football League head coaching experience.
But Luck, in his first public comments Friday in months, attempted to restore hope and said he doesn't anticipate requiring another procedure, and the Colts have an up-and-comer GM in Ballard and established, never mind eccentric, owner in Irsay.