Colts say no announcement on Chuck Pagano's status Monday

ByMike Wells ESPN logo
Monday, January 4, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano's fate with the organization is still in limbo. The team announced Monday evening that there will not be an announcement on his status until Tuesday at the earliest.

Owner Jim Irsay arrived at the facility at about 2:15 p.m. ET to meet with Pagano, who is in the final year of his contract. The coach had met with his players early Monday afternoon to inform them he had not been told his fate. Pagano said last week that he planned to "fight my ass off to be the coach here."

Many players expressed their support for Pagano to remain as coach. He led the Colts to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, including the AFC Championship Game last season, but they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011 this season.

"I don't see any reason for change," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "I think Chuck is the guy for this team to lead us to the Super Bowl. You look around the league, all the head coaches that have been around for years, there have been off years. If an off year is 8-8, some teams would give their right arm to go 8-8. I don't see a need for change."

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