Sources: Colts decide to retain Pagano as coach

The Indianapolis Colts are planning on bringing back coach Chuck Pagano for his sixth season in 2017, sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday.

The Colts’ decision to retain Pagano was first reported by The Sporting News.

Pagano, who has a 49-31 record with the Colts, was given a four-year contract extension by Jim Irsay after the 2015 season because he wanted to keep the continuity between the coach and general manager Ryan Grigson, who was also given an extension at that time.

Prior to this season, Pagano had led the team to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, including the AFC Championship game in 2014. He missed nine games during the 2012 season while battling cancer.

The Colts had franchise quarterback Andrew Luck for all but one game this season, but still failed to win the AFC South, which has routinely been one of the worst divisions in the NFL. They had one two-game winning streak, their record was never above .500 and they were swept by the Houston Texans, who have won the division in each of the past two seasons.

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