Chuck Pagano: Theory That Colts Deflated Patriots Football ‘Ludicrous’

INDIANAPOLIS — There seems to be a lack of communication between Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano.

Grigson told reporters Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that the Colts notified the NFL with concerns before the AFC Championship Game that the New England Patriots were deflating footballs. Pagano claimed just minutes later that he didn’t know anything about the controversy until after the AFC Championship Game.

“To be honest, I had no idea until after they started talking about it a day later,” Pagano said. “As a coach, I was trying to get a first down and get off the field, which we didn’t do a very good job of.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported after the Super Bowl that there was a theory around the league that the Colts deflated the Patriots’ football after linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted it, since that ball was the most heavily deflated.

“That’s ludicrous,” Pagano said Thursday.

Pagano otherwise declined to comment about DeflateGate, since it’s an ongoing investigation.

“I’m really not going to — we all know there’s an investigation going on, and it’s ongoing right now,” he said. “So I’m really not going to comment, as far as that goes. I’m as eager to hear the outcome of that investigation as probably any of you are. …

“There’s an investigation that’s going on, and when the report comes out, we’re all anticipating seeing what’s in that report, and then we’ll go from there. I trust — our league does a great job making sure that everybody does the right thing. We’ll just leave it at that.”

Pagano said he hasn’t reached out to head coach Bill Belichick or anyone from the Patriots since the AFC Championship Game.

Thumbnail photo via Julio Cortez/Associated Press

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