New Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson didn’t want to make any decisions about Colts coach Jim Caldwell on his first day on the job Wednesday.
He admitted that he just met Caldwell for the first time and he needed time to evaluate. Just not too much time: The Colts are expected to make a decision on Caldwell by early next week.
Early speculation about possible coaches for the Colts center around Grigson’s Eagles ties, including Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. The ability to develop a quarterback would seem foremost on Grigson’s wish list for a candidate.
Of course, Grigson could surprise a lot of people and keep Caldwell. That would seemingly be an indication the Colts are gearing up for another run with Peyton Manning and hoping to maintain continuity.
Making a big change makes a lot more sense. This is a roster that isn’t overly talented and has a lot of difficult decisions to make regarding expensive veterans. Holding on to the past does not seem like the direction to take.
“[Grigson] is not walking into a normal situation,” owner Jim Irsay said. “When you have the No. 1 draft pick, when you have a veteran roster with salary-cap problems, when you have injured players, whether it’s Peyton or Melvin Bullitt or Gary Brackett or [Anthony Gonzalez] . . . the coaching situation . . . This is a difficult job to come into.”