Luck backs Colts coach Pagano, wants long-term stay


Andrew Luck has thrown his support behind embattled Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, while the star quarterback hopes to sign a new long-term contract.

Pagano's future remains uncertain after the Colts missed the NFL play-offs for the first time since 2011 following an 8-8 win-loss record, with the hierarchy in Indianapolis expected to make an announcement as early as Tuesday.

Luck and his team-mates met with Pagano as they cleared out their lockers on Monday and the three-time Pro Bowl QB, who was the number one pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, conceded changes might be on the cards, despite his public backing of the Colts coach.

"He has given his heart and soul every day since I've been here under him," Luck told reporters.

"Through this season which has been trying and disappointing, he has been so positive and kept everyone going as evidence at how heart the squad played yesterday.

"But it's everybody's goal to win a Super Bowl. And when you don't do that or get to the play-offs to give yourself a chance that stuff happens, regardless of the situation.

"Mr. [Jim] Irsay has done a great job in leading this franchise for a long, long time. It's a winning franchise, Super Bowl winner and very successful. He has a vision for this team, and whatever it is, we will try and get it done."

Whether or not Pagano, who guided the Colts to the play-offs in each of his first three seasons including an AFC Championship game berth last term, remains in Indianapolis, Luck is keen to stay put.

Luck is under contract until the end of the year and when asked if he would be willing to sign a long-term deal, the 26-year-old said: "Yeah that would be great.

"I haven't thought about it too much. I wanted to make sure this season gets done. But if there's an opportunity for it, yeah, absolutely."