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Irsay introduces G.M. Grigson, says decision on Caldwell is coming


Colts owner Jim Irsay introduced new General Manager Ryan Grigson at a press conference today, and he said he expects the two of them to get to work quickly on assessing whether head coach Jim Caldwell will remain in place.

Irsay said he doesn’t have a timeframe in place for a decision, but he expects to work with Grigson over the weekend and come to a decision next week. Irsay said he believes the two of them will get on the same page, but ultimately the owner would make the final call about the head coach.

“As an owner I always have final decision on those things but I very rarely use that,” Irsay said.

Irsay said he’s confident he has the right man in place to re-build the roster of a franchise that suddenly went from the NFL’s most consistent playoff team to the NFL’s worst team.

“I picked Ryan because I felt he had a vision, that he had an intelligence, that he had a depth of perception and awareness, that he was capable of taking it up to the next level,” Irsay said.

As for Grigson, he said he knows Caldwell only by reputation.

“I’d never met Jim Caldwell until today,” Grigson said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things.”

After determining who the head coach is, the Colts’ next big offseason question will be what to do about Peyton Manning, who’s due a $28 million bonus in early March. Grigson said he has not talked to Manning and has not even begun the process of evaluating whether Manning will be with the team.

“I just got here,” Grigson said. “There’s so many things that we have to go over. It’s unfair to comment. It’s frivolous for me to comment on these things.”

And the third big decision this offseason, what to do with the first overall pick in the NFL draft, wasn’t even addressed. The Colts have other decisions to make first, starting with the future of Caldwell.

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22 Responses to “Irsay introduces G.M. Grigson, says decision on Caldwell is coming”
  1. trbowman says: Jan 11, 2012 4:44 PM

    Way to hang Caldwell out to dry.

    If you’re gonna fire him, don’t drag him along.

  2. trbowman says: Jan 11, 2012 4:48 PM

    “And the third big decision this offseason, what to do with the first overall pick in the NFL draft, wasn’t even addressed,”

    Because it’s not a decision, let alone a big one.

    They’re taking Andrew Luck and the story ends there.

  3. hmpennypacker says: Jan 11, 2012 4:49 PM

    Is it just me or is it odd Fisher hasn’t made a decision yet? Hmmm………..

  4. 5150cd says: Jan 11, 2012 4:51 PM

    The decision on Caldwell is easy: Fire him.

  5. thehungariancrippler says: Jan 11, 2012 4:51 PM

    What would be frivolous would be to pay Petting Manning $28 million.

  6. niner89 says: Jan 11, 2012 4:51 PM

    Caldwell is about to get Hue Jackson’d

  7. rayvens says: Jan 11, 2012 4:51 PM

    decision on Caldwell is coming”
    Really??…Theres a decision?

  8. benh999 says: Jan 11, 2012 4:52 PM

    “I’d never met Jim Caldwell until today,” Grigson said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things.”

    He must not’ve been listening very carefully.

  9. terripet says: Jan 11, 2012 4:55 PM

    if you keep caldwell this team will stink for years to come.

  10. richie500 says: Jan 11, 2012 4:57 PM

    How about some background on Grigson? Never heard of the guy?

  11. khuxford says: Jan 11, 2012 4:59 PM

    I’m not a Colts fan, but Caldwell’s meek approach to going for an undefeated season and this past season, where he appeared too hesitant to change QBs and other positions as they were flailing for a first win, suggests to me that Grigson would be well served doing what most GMs do: bring in their own coach.

  12. bobulated says: Jan 11, 2012 5:08 PM

    Hopefully Caldwell doesn’t use that quote as a reason not to stop by the liquor store and pick up some used boxes for his impending move.

  13. askabutcher says: Jan 11, 2012 5:17 PM

    This move might entice a couple of the big boys out of the closet….don’t tell me one of them wouldn’t want to coach Manning, Luck or both!

  14. jimr10 says: Jan 11, 2012 5:27 PM

    benh999 and he certainly did not watch any game film of the colts…

  15. upperdecker19 says: Jan 11, 2012 6:14 PM

    As an Eagles fan, hoping this is a package deal and that Castillo is Grigson’s guy for head coach.

  16. rosloe62 says: Jan 11, 2012 6:38 PM

    I smell Fish!

  17. popolover says: Jan 11, 2012 7:25 PM

    Then next decisions….how many of the Polian poisoned men do you keep or just cut your losses…. Dennis, Telesco, Ferguson, ect…..

  18. buffordtjustice says: Jan 11, 2012 7:43 PM

    Grigson might want to take Marty Morningwig (sp) from Philly with him as his HC>

  19. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 11, 2012 8:17 PM

    PLEEEEASE get rid of Caldwell. Even without Manning, this should have been at least a 6-10 team considering they still had Clark, Freeny, Mathis, Garcon, and Wayne…. thats more pro-bowl caliber players than many teams in the NFL, and yet the Colts ended up with the worst record.

    Caldwell brings no elite talents to the table. He doesn’t “out gameplan” an oposing coach, he’s not very inspirational, and he is horrible at in-game adjustments and clock management.

    Anyone is better than Caldwell…

  20. osage44 says: Jan 11, 2012 8:43 PM

    I once saw Grigson get horribly drunk and drink his own piss as an undergrad at Purdue in the early 90’s. Now he’s an NFL GM!

  21. smashmouth1968 says: Jan 11, 2012 9:39 PM

    Caldwell will stay until they find out if Manning will stay or go. They won’t. dare hire a coach that might upset Peyton by actually telling him what to do!

  22. thinwhiteduke76 says: Jan 11, 2012 10:17 PM

    Caldwell should be fired. Only 2 wins without Manning, that’s not an excuse. Look at how many games the Steelers won without Roethlisberger, or the Patriots without Brady. You can hang on it and say “We didn’t have Peyton, why should we care?” but you can at least try and pull together a few more wins.

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