Yesterday's 46-9 loss to the lightly-regarded Rams may be the Colts' most embarrassing loss in their Indianapolis history. However, the 37-point beatdown was hardly new territory for a Colts team that has suffered a decent amount of lopsided losses in Chuck Pagano's tenure.
In fact, I tweeted out a couple of damning statistics about Indy's knack for getting their doors blown off these last five-plus seasons:
They've been beaten by five touchdowns (or more) seven times under Pagano. That's unbelievable. https://t.co/W8LmxzWHyD— Derek Schultz (@Schultz975) September 11, 2017
35-9— Derek Schultz (@Schultz975) September 11, 2017
These are all Colts' losses in Chuck Pagano's tenure.
30+ point losses are something that shouldn't happen to a successful franchise with any sort of frequency. How often do you see that happen to New England? Pittsburgh? Seattle?
Forget the blowouts for a second. Perhaps the most damning statistic of all is the frequency with which the Colts dig themselves a hole. Yesterday was the 40th (!) time since the start of the 2012 season that Indianapolis trailed by double-digits at some point in a game. That's nearly half of their games!
This is the 40th time in the Chuck Pagano Era that the Colts have trailed by double-digits in a game. pic.twitter.com/nX9orCL9A0— Derek Schultz (@Schultz975) September 10, 2017
Amazingly, the Colts ability to rally to win ten of those games makes Pagano's overall record look much better than it probably should be. While it's understandable to struggle without Andrew Luck, this happened many times when Luck was healthy.
Just about everyone in Indianapolis knows it's time for the Colts to move on from Chuck Pagano - maybe Jim Irsay will finally realize it, too.