The team's 12 losses this season are their most since 2011, but the Colts haven't been a viable AFC contender in years.
Head coach Chuck Pagano was sacked on Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts wrapped up the 2017 season with few bright spots.
Two years into a four-year extension, Pagano spent six seasons with the Colts.
The dramatic 2017 tailspin was complicated because the franchise went the entire season without quarterback Andrew Luck taking the field due to complications with his right shoulder.More news: Neighbors Greet Vacationing Mike Pence With 'Make America Gay Again' Banner
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Chris Ballard did his best to work with Pagano - who was lucky to keep his job after last season - but it's no surprise that first-year general manager would want an opportunity to pick his own coach.
Special teams coach Dave Toub has interviewed for several openings in recent years, has a strong endorsement from Chiefs well-respected coach Andy Reid and is a lead Ballard thinks highly of. From 2012-17, Pagano's unit ranked above 19th in total defense (11th in 2014) and points allowed (9th in 2013) once.
Pagano guided the Colts to a 56-46 overall record (including the postseason) after joining the team in 2012. Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and more missed significant time in 2017 and are all expected to be healthy by the start of the 2018 season. Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable have been reported to be possible replacements for Pagano.
But Luck, in his first public comments Friday in months, attempted to restore hope and said he doesn't anticipate requiring another procedure, and the Colts have an up-and-comer GM in Ballard and established, never mind eccentric, owner in Irsay.