Colts sign coach Chuck Pagano to surprising contract extension

chuck paganoTom Szczerbowski/GettyChuck Pagano will be back with the Colts in 2016.

After a slate of head coaching jobs opened up in the last two days, the Indianapolis Colts came up with one of the biggest surprises of the end of the NFL regular season.

Late Monday night, the Colts announced they agreed to a four-year contract extension with head coach Chuck Pagano, according to’s Chris Wesseling.

The move comes as a surprise after the Colts went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

Similarly, early in the year there were reports of tension among Pagano and the Colts front office. The Colts declined to give Pagano a contract extension before this season, and there were reports that Pagano wanted more personnel control while the Colts front office was losing faith in his ability to bring the Colts to a next level.

However, despite all that, it seems Pagano and the Colts were able to work through their differences.

Surprisingly, the Colts held together after the early-season drama, and the absence of Andrew Luck for nine games this season surely helped Pagano’s case. The Colts were still in the playoff race in Week 16, and though they failed to get there, they were largely competitive and there weren’t any major cases of in-house fighting.

Granted, there were still be pressure on Pagano to get back to winning next year with Andrew Luck back, but it seemingly bodes well that he and the front office were able to overcome their differences.

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