Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay denied reports of an impending firing of coach Chuck Pagano are not true.
ESPN’s Mike Wells wrote earlier Thursday it is “likely” Pagano will lose his job after the last game of the regular season, although the Colts can technically still make the playoffs with a win in Week 17. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson is also not guaranteed to retain his job, according to the report.
The Colts have made the playoffs in each of Pagano’s first three seasons as coach, but the relationship between him and Grigson has deteriorated, writes Wells.
As bad as things have been on the field this season for the Colts (7-8), things are "100 times worse" inside the organization when it comes to the relationship between Pagano and Grigson. One NFL source described the relationship as "toxic." It has reached the point where Grigson and Pagano have little communication with each other, according to multiple sources.