MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – The Indianapolis Colts are going through a very bad stretch at the moment, but coach Chuck Pagano, though under pressure, is unlikely to be fired this week, reports WTHR.com columnist Bob Kravitz on Tuesday.
But according to Kravitz, the next two games are vital for Pagano, who could very well be sacked if the Colts were to lose to the Panthers and the Broncos.
Hearing that while Chuck Pagano is not safe, it’s highly unlikely the Colts will make a change this week.
— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) October 27, 2015
Kravitz said on his official Twitter Account: “Hearing that while Chuck Pagano is not safe, it’s highly unlikely the Colts will make a change this week.”
Indianapolis (3-4) made a slow start last season – losing their opening two games as well, but unlike this season, which has seen the club dropped four games already – Pagano’s side went on a five-game winning streak.
A quick glance at last year’s schedule revealed that the Colts didn’t lose a fourth game until Week 11 when going down to the New England Patriots, and were 6-4 by then.
On Monday, Andrew Luck will guide Indianapolis into Charlotte, to face Cam Newton and the undefeated Carolina Panthers in Week 8 at Bank of America Stadium.
Week 9 will see them, hosting Peyton Manning and the currently unbeaten Denver Broncos on Nov. 8.
These are two games that will beef up the Colts’ resume should they be successful at pulling off back-to-back victories, but on current form, it seems like a very steep hill to climb.
The daunting overall performances from starting quarterback Luck has not helped his team either.
Luck, 26, has a QBR of 38.3 this season, while throwing nine interceptions already.
It’s sad to admit, but if the Colts, who are on a two-game losing streak, drop its next two games, that would see them slipping to 3-6 heading into their BYE WEEK in Week 10 – something that would not be good for Pagano.
Despite the poor run, Indianapolis still leads the AFC South Standings, as Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee are all struggling for form as well.