Rather than wait for ‘Black Monday’ to begin their coaching search, the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders got a jump on the rest of the league, firing head coaches Chuck Pagano and Jack Del Rio mere moments after their respective games ended in loses. Both moves were widely expected, with Del Rio’s replacement possibly already being known in Jon Gruden, while Pagano has been on the hot seat for the better part of the last two seasons.

Pagano at least went out with a 22-13 win over the Houston Texans, and after the game, team owner Jim Irsay presented him with the game ball. Pagano led the Colts to the playoffs, including reaching the AFC Championship Game in 2014, in each of his first three seasons as coach. The Colts went undefeated in the AFC South in 2013 and 2014. The future appeared to be bright for the Colts and Pagano because they had Luck leading the way for the franchise. But things started to change in 2015 for the Colts. That was the start of back-to-back 8-8 seasons and missing the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 1997-98. Quarterback Andrew Luck played only seven games in 2015 because of a shoulder injury and a lacerated kidney. He continued to battle the shoulder injury for most of the 2016 season.

Despite the mediocre record, Pagano survived the 2016 season and Irsay decided to fire general manager Ryan Grigson and retain Pagano. Irsay said at the time that Pagano, who is under contract through the 2019 season, would be the coach for the 2017 season. First-year general manager Chris Ballard expected some tough times for the Colts, especially with Luck (shoulder) out, and that’s how it played out with Indianapolis finishing among the worst teams in the NFL. At 4-12, the Colts had their worst season since 2011, when they finished 2-14 due to the neck injury that befell Peyton Manning. Overall, Pagano had a 53-43 regular-season record as coach of the Colts.

Del Rio was informed of his firing by Raiders owner Mark Davis after Sunday’s game, a 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. It comes a day after ESPN reported that Davis was expected to go after Gruden as his replacement. Del Rio went 25-23 in his three seasons with the Raiders and lasted longer than any Oakland coach since Gruden. In fact, Del Rio is one of only seven coaches in Raiders franchise history to depart with a winning record, along with Al Davis (23-16-3), John Rauch (33-8-1), John Madden (103-32-7), Tom Flores (83-53), Art Shell (56-52) and Gruden (38-26).

The Raiders had high expectations coming into the 2017 season after improving from 7-9 in Del Rio’s first year to 12-4 in 2016, the franchise’s first playoff appearance in 14 years. But Carr regressed under first-year offensive coordinator Todd Downing, and Ken Norton, Jr. was fired as defensive coordinator after 10 games. The Raiders got next to nothing out of their first- and second-round draft picks: Cornerback Gareon Conley and safety Obi Melifonwu played a combined seven games and both ended the season on injured reserve.

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