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Sep 27, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) after a win against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. The Colts won 35-33. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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Colts can’t fire Chuck Pagano fast enough

The Indianapolis Colts are a total disaster. Not a moderate disaster, but a full-blown, all-out dumpster fire. The Colts need to be rebuilt from the ground up. Perhaps a dozen players — if that — are worth keeping on this entire roster. However, none of the coaches are worth anything.

Indianapolis might as well get the housecleaning off to a rollicking start. They could fire Chuck Pagano on Friday after losing 25-13 at home to the lowly Denver Bronos. Let Rob Chudzinski or Joe Philbin finish out the season as the interim head coach. Afterwards, fire everyone then the last second ticks off the Week 17 clock.

General manager Chris Ballard needs to get his own guy in as head coach, something Pagano certainly isn’t. Pagano should have been fired when former general manager Ryan Grigson was fired back in January. Somehow, owner Jim Irsay didn’t see things that way. It was a gross oversight, and it’s been a factor in the Colts being 3-11 and well on their way to a top-three pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Ballard has to get the hire right. Indianapolis is an interesting job opportunity, because there are such obvious pluses and minuses. Nobody is clamoring to live in Naptown, but at the same point, the Colts are the biggest show in town. The Colts have Andrew Luck which means the generational quarterback is already in place, something that is almost impossible to find. Then again, Luck has been injured for the better part of the past two seasons mostly due to a throwing shoulder that may or may not ever be the same.


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If the Colts can’t get a quality coach with Luck in the fold, they’ll never be able to do it. Somebody with name recognition — whether it’s a big-name assistant or a former head coach — should bring immediate credibility to the organization, something it has not had since Tony Dungy came aboard to replace Jim Mora Sr. back in 2003.

Indianapolis isn’t going to fix all of its issues overnight. The defense is all kinds of terrible, and the offensive line is true atrocious. No matter how good the offseason is, no matter who comes in as coach, the Colts have a rebuild ahead, especially with the AFC South no longer being a rampant tire fire. Still, getting a true leader with a vision on the sideline would do wonders, not only for Luck’s career but for the fortunes of a franchise that has starter to come completely undone at the seams.

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