January 05, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Reverse: Chuck Pagano goes from hot seat to four-year contract extension
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay pulled a reverse. Once embattled coach Chuck Pagano went from the proverbial hot seat to a four-year contract extension. He settled his differences with general manager Ryan Grigson, who got a three-year extension to tie him to Pagano. "I'm happy to announce that we are moving forward with Chuck as our coach," Irsay said. "It was something I was hopeful would be the case. We gave it careful consideration. Really, it was something, you know my focus was always on winning and going forward in the best way we can to win, and yes, continuity plays a role. It is important. Chuck has earned the opportunity. It worked out really well. "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. 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." Added Grigson: "We've been through the ringer together, but we're still focused on one goal. We're in the arena together, we're in the fire together, but we're united and we're set out to do a job, and that job is to still have our eyes set on championships, and together we're going to set out to do that, and we're going to do that." Pagano had turned down a meager one-year contract extension last spring after leading the Colts a step further in the playoffs in each of his first three seasons. "I've had a lot of great days in my life, but none better than today," said Pagano, who is 41-23 in four seasons."I'm grateful and thankful to Mr. Irsay and his family. Words can't describe how I feel right now. I owe it to Jim for believing in me." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.