Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Report: Colts don't plan to retain Pagano as coach

The Colts plan to fire coach Chuck Pagano at the end of the season, ESPN reported Thursday.

Pagano, in his fourth season, declined a one-year contract extension this summer and, according to multiple reports, has a poor relationship with GM Ryan Grigson, who isn't guaranteed to keep his job for 2016 either, ESPN reported.

Team owner Jim Irsay said in a statement: "As of today, no decision has been made with respect to any structural changes within the Colts organization for 2016 and beyond."

The Colts are 7-8 and need a win Sunday against the Titans plus a Texans loss to tie Houston for first in the AFC South; even then the Colts would need a strength-of-schedule tiebreaker to fall their way.

Indianapolis has been to the playoffs in each of Pagano's three previous seasons. He missed part of his first season, 2012, while having treatment for cancer.

DADDY CAM: Panthers QB Cam Newton is still giddy after his first son, Chosen Sebastian, was born Christmas Eve, teammates said. "He's kind of got a glow," fullback Mike Tolbert said. "You can see it."

Manziel saga: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, out of Sunday's finale with a concussion, will again be asked to limit distractions off the field. Coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo stressed they want Manziel to work on personal issues in the offseason. Manziel spent more than 10 weeks in an rehab facility specializing in alcohol and drug addiction last offseason.

Cleaning up after wife: Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes, whose wife publicly criticized QB Ryan Tannehill after Sunday's loss, said he has no control over what she says. "I've said this plenty of times. My wife is my wife. She talks," Grimes said of his wife, Miko, a former sports talk-radio host in Miami. "We don't speak the same thing. That's her opinion." In a string of tweets posted after the loss to the Colts, Miko wrote that she knew Tannehill "stunk the minute we signed to this team." Tannehill said Brent Grimes apologized. "Honestly, at this point I've heard what she said, and I don't even really give it the time of day," Grimes said. "It doesn't affect what I think about myself, the way I go about my business."

Bills: High-priced defensive end Mario Williams will be cut in the offseason, the Associated Press reported.

Eagles: Running back DeMarco Murray said of coach Chip Kellly's firing this week, "I think it's a fresh start for everyone. Obviously, you have a fresh breath of air. You have to make the most of the opportunity." Tackle Lane Johnson called Kelly "a brilliant coach" but added, "Maybe the ego got in the way. Too much power. Control. Not being human about things; not working together, with the team, instead of being a dictator."

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