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The Indianapolis Colts‘ search for a new head coach is underway.

Chuck Pagano was fired Sunday after leading the team to a disappointing 4-12 season. The franchise is now looking for an ideal candidate to replace him.

“I’m really excited about where we’re headed and the direction that we’re going,” team owner Jim Irsay said Monday in a joint press conference with general manager Chris Ballard, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

“I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve had a chance to work with Chris and to see what kind of general manager the Colts have, it’s something that reinforces the hire that was made.”

The duo said they won’t look specifically for an offensive or defensive specialist, and previous head coaching experience will not be a requirement for the job. Ballard said the entire interview process – including the candidates – will be kept internal.

But, he does have one specific ask:

“I want somebody who wants to come to the Indianapolis Colts. I don’t want somebody who’s just coming here for Andrew Luck,” Ballard said, according to RTV6 Indianapolis.

Luck, the franchise quarterback, missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. He recently returned from a rehab stint in the Netherlands and will resume throwing soon.

Irsay believes Luck will make a triumphant return.

“If you told me last year that he would’ve missed the whole year, I would not have believed you. Would not,” Irsay said, according to Holder.

“I have no doubt in my mind that Andrew is going to come back. That kid is a special kid. Special. He was born to do great things in the National Football League,” he added, via Mike Wells of ESPN.

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Amid reports that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is visiting specialists to determine why he’s experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder, he’s not close to returning to practice with the team, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Head coach Chuck Pagano officially ruled out Luck for this week’s practices, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Luck made his much-anticipated return to practice in early October, but had a setback, the team announced on Oct. 18, and hasn’t practiced since.

While the Colts have not made any decision on Luck’s status moving forward, current circumstances suggest the possibility of him playing in any games this season is also in jeopardy.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck won’t be going anywhere, according to his agent, Will Wilson.

Early Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg said there has been a gap between Luck and the Colts, and the franchise quarterback’s time in Indianapolis could be coming to an end.

“Quite simply and succinctly, there’s no truth to that comment at all,” Wilson said, according to ESPN.

“Andrew did a long-term deal and he did it for a reason: He wants to be with the Colts and he’s committed to the Colts. It’s as simple as that. He looks forward to the opportunity to play when he’s ready. He wants to get out there when he’s ready, obviously. He’s just going through rehab; it’s the process he’s going through.”

On Wednesday’s show, Greenberg cited a “general sense” from around the league that Luck is growing tired of the Colts.

“Even with that enormous contract and that enormous talent, we could be seeing, right before our eyes, the end of the Andrew Luck era in Indianapolis,” he said.

Luck signed a six-year, $140-million contract in June 2016.

He’ll remain sidelined for Week 2 following offseason shoulder surgery, after watching his team get dismantled 46-9 by the Los Angeles Rams in the season opener.

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Robert Mathis boasts an enviable resume. The pass-rusher spent his entire 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, was named to six Pro Bowls, led the league in sacks in 2013, and won a Super Bowl in 2006.

But it’s that last accomplishment that still eats at Mathis, who believes the Peyton Manning-era Colts should have more than one ring to their name.

“Looking back on that team, I feel a mix of pride, and, I’ll admit, the slightest bit of disappointment,” Mathis wrote in the Players’ Tribune on Friday. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished during our era of Colts football, but I think every person, down to the last man, would tell you that he expected to win more than one ring in Indy. If there’s any regret I have from my career, it’s that.

The Colts made another Super Bowl in 2009, losing to the New Orleans Saints in heartbreaking fashion.

Mathis’ career extended into the Andrew Luck era, and while the Colts appeared on track to contend for another Super Bowl before the sack master’s time in the NFL was over, Indy quickly fell apart, missing the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 before Mathis hung up his cleats this offseason.

While Mathis is disappointed to have only one ring on his hand, he still has the Colts’ win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI to reminisce about in his retirement.

“Not to sound arrogant, but after we beat the Patriots in that game, the Super Bowl almost seemed like a formality.” Mathis wrote. “The Bears were a great team, but that was our game. They said we couldn’t play in the elements, and all we did was hold the Bears offense to a single touchdown in a huge rainstorm to win that game.

“After far too long, we finally got Peyton his ring.”

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A frustrating two-year stretch has done nothing to temper Jim Irsay’s expectations with a generational talent leading the way under center.

Relaying his rock-solid confidence to a town hall of season-ticket holders Thursday, the Indianapolis Colts owner wasn’t shy about outlining the goal of multiple Super Bowl titles during Andrew Luck‘s career.

“I’ve said it before – we’re into plural Lombardis,” Irsay said, according to Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star. “That’s what our goal is. And I’ll be damned if we don’t go out and get them.”

The Colts got off to a phenomenal start after selecting Luck as the No. 1 overall pick back in 2012, posting three consecutive 11-5 seasons and advancing one round further in the playoffs each year.

Now having made a long-awaited change in the front office, hiring Chris Ballard away from the Kansas City Chiefs to replace Ryan Grigson as general manager, the club will look to bounce back from consecutive playoff absences and begin heading back in that direction.

Luck was playing the best football of his young career before an unfortunate run of injury issues, completing 61.7 percent of passes for 4,761 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions in 2014. He showed signs of returning to that form last season, and the hope will be that a January surgery to correct lingering shoulder issues will have him at 100 percent this year.

Going on to capture two titles with Luck at the helm would see the Colts double up on their current franchise total. The most recent came at the end of the 2006 season, when Luck predecessor and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Peyton Manning guided Indianapolis to a Super Bowl XLI victory over the Chicago Bears.

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay spent plenty of time talking about his star quarterback while taking center stage at a fan event in London on Saturday.

Though Irsay stated emphatically that there are no long-term concerns with Andrew Luck‘s sore throwing shoulder, he did concede that adjustments to his playing style are imperative to him avoiding injury in the years to come.

“He has to change the way he plays, only because it’s just natural that he is not a 22-year-old kid at Stanford who could play tight end or quarterback,” Irsay said, according to Mike Wells of ESPN. “He has to understand – and he learned from the Denver game – the importance of staying on the field. I think honing his game is the key. There isn’t any sort of chronic shoulder injury or something like that.”

Luck’s practice reps have been limited throughout the first few weeks of the season, raising some concerns as to whether the shoulder issues would linger.

Hinting that the injury was further aggravated on a tackle attempt following a Week 2 interception, the owner said he’d much rather Luck mail it in and avoid any such contact.

“Look, (Luck) throws the interception, he’s mad, I know,” Irsay said. “Do what Peyton did. Do a little fox trot and you don’t embarrass yourself. But you stay out of the fray. You don’t see Aaron Rodgers (do it). You don’t see quarterbacks get involved in those types of frays. That’s when tough things happen.”

Reigning in his competitive instincts likely isn’t something that can be done overnight. The good news for both Luck and the Colts, however, is that the quarterback doesn’t appear to have been affected by the injury thus far.

Luck has returned to his Pro Bowl form after a 2015 campaign in which he sat out all but seven games, and all indications are that his practice workload is the team’s way of keeping him fresh throughout the year.

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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis set an indefinite timeline for his retirement on Sunday.

Mathis, a six-time Pro Bowler, is preparing for life after football upon entering his 14th professional campaign.

The veteran linebacker told ESPN’s Adam Schefter he’ll retire after quarterback Andrew Luck delivers him a Super Bowl ring.

Mathis helped the Colts capture Super Bowl XLI in 2007, defeating the Chicago Bears.

After securing a six-year extension worth $140 million this summer, Luck is facing another mandate from one of his longest-tenured teammates.