But the next day, as the
"I'm happy to announce that we are moving forward with Chuck as our coach," Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a news conference announcing announcing a new four-year deal for Pagano.
"I'm really thrilled. Chuck has earned the opportunity. It worked out really well."
Pagano, 55, was thrilled as well.
"I've had a lot of great days in my life, but none better than today," the fourth-year coach said. "This is absolutely the best day of my life and I'm grateful and I'm thankful to Mr. Irsay and his family for the opportunity that he's given me."
The Colts were 11-5 during Pagano's first three seasons as head coach, reaching the AFC championship game in 2014. But star quarterback
Plus, there were rumors of a growing rift between Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson. But the team has recommitted to both men, with Irsay also announcing Monday a three-year extension for Grigson that will have him and Pagano working together through 2019.