No Ryan Grigson in the Indianapolis Colts front office. Didn’t think I’d be typing that a week before this year’s Super Bowl, but alas I just did.
“Ground” Chuck Pagano? As of now, still the Colts head coach. Granted that could change in a week or two if Grigson’s replacement gets the okay from team owner Diamond Jim Irsay to bring in his own coach for a full fledged regime change, but as of this typing I’ll go with Pagano coming back for 2017 with his job on the line. Playoff appearance and or AFC South Division championship brings him back to finish his contact…..no playoffs sends him elsewhere.
Diamond Jim? Just happy a move was made. ANY move, to be honest.
No more Dysfunctional Duo of Pagano and Grigson makes me happy…for now.
So……time to replace Grigson. And to his credit (in my opinion, anyway) Irsay has been public about being aggressive in replacing one of only two open general manager jobs that remain in the media’s beloved National Football League (Young Jed York’s San Francisco crew is the other, and I have a feeling that current ATL offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will get full control as head coach/GM/overlord once that Super Bowl deal gets finished up next weekend). Better yet it sounds like current Colts front office VP (read: Grigson’s right hand man) Jimmy Raye III will NOT be the number one candidate, and that’s also find with me because the franchise needs to go in a winning direction instead of bringing in ex-Philadelphia Eagles (obligatory mention time of Big Grig’s Man Trent Cole) or failed first round draft picks that played their college ball in the state of Florida to struggle against the Jacksonville Jaguars every year. Raye getting promoted……head shake time from over here. Hope it’s not the case.
While it’s a recap of what’s been posted on the Interwebs, a listing of those interviewed by Irsay along with RAPID REACTION from said Interwebs will help me out in detailing my takes on the matter before I post on the five factors yours truly feels will help get the Colts back into the NFL postseason in 2017. Hence per the Colts’ own website said candidates include these front office individuals with other NFL teams outside the Circle City:
–Kansas City’s Chris Ballard
-Seattle sons Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner
-Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton
–Green Bay’s Eliot Wolf (son of longtime media legend Ron Wolf, hence the name was familiar)
…and lastly, the previously mentioned Raye.
Local NFL franchise web link:
RAPID REACTION begins with our friends of NFL.com noting the many LEAGUE SOURCES saying Ballard is the favorite while noting that the hire should be done around Super Bowl time:
The local Colts propaganda machine of Fox 59 do the obvious of saying ‘we need a GM’ (though in fairness their man Mike Chappell has covered the team since I was in elementary school, so he’s not going to be a modern Jim Rome Show caller and cut a bad pro wrestling promo on the matter)
Young Josh Wilson of the Stampede Blue group in SB Nation notes that these GM’s to be also get the chance to get down with Ground Chuck (note the first comment of 12Colts12 on the comment section as he would prefer no Chuck in his Colts coverage):
…and Wilson follows up just this morning by saying Ballard might make 12Colts12 a happy individual if given the opportunity:
Lastly the local fishwrap’s Stephen Holder does the “We got Luck, hence this job good” gimmick while reporting from the Senior Bowl:
My preference is either Ballard (who has built a pretty good defense in Kansas City as well as a contender that overcomes Andy Reid being Andy Reid to regularly make the postseason) or one of the Seahawks duo (good defense and two Super Bowl appearances) because I simply don’t want more of the Grigson-Pagano era rehashed and see Raye as doing just that. Also don’t think Wolf comes here and not sure if Paton would be the best bet when the others that were mentioned are on said list.
As for fan reaction, the Coltfreaks.com board makes sure to take a swipe at the current owner on page 4 courtesy of a Dr. Spaceman:
…and the ColtsBlitz.com go with the ‘anyone but Grigson’ motto which I feel many Colts fans will not argue too much with:
Expecting a move that could in fact lead to making another move in a few short days. Good for me and better for the Colts franchise and its fans. Which leads me to do the usual conclusion with the second round of GM interviews on the way shortly:
Your move, Diamond Jim.
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