I’ve always respected Chuck Pagano as a man. As a coach, he’s made his mistakes, as have other winning head coaches (I.e. last night’s onside “kick” from Bill Belicheck).
But, as the article states, he’s 19-26 from the playoffs on. Without Luck, without a dynamic pass-rusher, a healthy Oline, a playmaker at ILB, their first round draft pick and with a bunch of inexperienced players and FAs that never played together. But this is a business and the record is what it is. Even though the Colts made a specific statement about a decision not being based on the record, perhaps a change will be good, eventually. I just think Pagano gets WAY too much criticism, given the circumstances.
If he is to blame, he should get credit for some things that have improved: special teams, better run D, the running game and depth. Brissett is gaining experience and in today’s NFL, a good backup QB is huge.
Now, one could argue a bunch of the sacks given up are on Brissett. He has a long way to go but has flashes of being dependable. He needs this experience to make him a better, should Luck go down (God forbid). So, at least, that’s something. Add 2 Oline players and that could be a strength next year.
Hopefully, a great draft and some dynamic FAs and next year will be a lot more fun than this year!