Colts keep faith in Pagano

The Indianapolis Colts have given four-year extensions to head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson.

The announcement has come as a shock after the Colts finished second in the AFC South with an 8-8 record, missing the post-season as result.

However, in a statement published on the Colts' official website, the club made it abundantly clear why they have decided to stick with the current set-up for the foreseeable future.

The statement read: "Chuck Pagano has achieved a 41-23 record over his four seasons (2012-15) in Indianapolis. His .641 winning percentage ranks fourth among active head coaches in the NFL. Pagano’s 41 wins over the last four seasons are also the fifth-most in the league.

"He led Indianapolis to three consecutive 11-win seasons from 2012-14 as he became only the second head coach in NFL history to earn 11 wins in each of his first three seasons with a team.

"Pagano also became the third head coach in Colts history to reach the playoffs in each of his first three years."

Owner Jim Irsay then gave his full backing to the partnership of Pagano and Grigson and believes the decision to keep both will prove to be the right move for the franchise.

"They're going forward together. Chuck made a point of that unsolicited alone in my office. I had no problem with that. These are our guys. These guys are ready," he said.

"There's been a lot reported, a lot written. I know what the reality is and this is definitely what's best for the Indianapolis Colts going forward. I'm sure of that."