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Grigson walks into “difficult job”

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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.”

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  1. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    If Caldwell isn’t fired I will immediately question whether or not Grigson knows what he is doing. This is coming from a Colts fan.

  2. wte1 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:58 AM

    I’m sure the first phone call he made was to Jeff Fisher and asked him to “hold on.”

  3. 40zntallcanz says: Jan 12, 2012 11:58 AM

    would you wanna be known as the guy who got rid of peyton manning?

  4. ken0west says: Jan 12, 2012 11:59 AM

    What version of NFL do you watch? Continuity? Manning hates Caldwell, and Caldwell is done period.

    Caldwell is the worst coach in the NFL and was giving his job because of…….

    Well we all know why father Dungy gave him a job, and it had nothing to do with his skills as a coach.

  5. portlax12 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:02 PM

    I think the Colts need to clean house and start this thing over from scratch. They had a great run for a number of years, including a Super Bowl win. However, at this point they are exactly what the article states. A team with injured veterans, salary cap issues, and a head coach that may or may not fit into their future plans. If they try to keep this group together for any longer, I think it could set the franchise back a number of years. They can no longer realistically compete with the top teams in this league. This was evident in the last year Peyton played in 2010, and I think now is the time to turn start rebuilding this franchise. Andrew Luck will be a great start.

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:02 PM

    “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.”

    We all saw how well McNabb developed over the years, no wonder they want to rush out and get Mornhinweg. A fat, lazy QB with bad physical conditioning is just what they need to replace Manning with.

  7. dallasholeinroofcowboys says: Jan 12, 2012 12:03 PM

    Good luck winning another Super Bowl without Caldwell…

    Manning had the arm but Caldwell had the brains behind their Super Bowl runs.

  8. FinFan68 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:03 PM

    Getting rid of Caldwell would be a very easy and almost immediate decision for anyone who has paid any attention whatsoever.

  9. cletusvandam says: Jan 12, 2012 12:05 PM

    This isn’t going to end well for the Colts. Welcome to decades of mediocrity Indy!

  10. supremeomega says: Jan 12, 2012 12:09 PM

    Mornhinweg is worse than Caldwell…Please don’t hire him!

  11. vikingssoxfrustration says: Jan 12, 2012 12:11 PM

    Has Gonzalez actually ever been healthy? I thought being healthy was the whole point of that “sleeping in an oxygen tent” thing he does…

  12. p31squared says: Jan 12, 2012 12:13 PM

    @ ken0west, you know absolutely nothing of what you speak. Manning has a very close relationship with Caldwell. Caldwell was at the baptism of Manning’s twins and their relationship goes back at least a decade. He hardly hates Caldwell. This is a coach that made the Super Bowl and playoffs in 2010 with an injury-ravaged team. I’m sure I’ll get blasted for saying this, but I wouldn’t be so quick to throw Caldwell under the bus. He’s better than people think and without Polian pulling the strings, maybe he’ll actually get to show it.

    ken0west says: Jan 12, 2012 11:59 AM

    What version of NFL do you watch? Continuity? Manning hates Caldwell, and Caldwell is done period.

    Caldwell is the worst coach in the NFL and was giving his job because of…….

    Well we all know why father Dungy gave him a job, and it had nothing to do with his skills as a coach.

  13. trubroncfan07 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:13 PM

    So Jim Irsay is basically saying this guy is already in over his head.

  14. phillyfreak24 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:14 PM

    Grigson, PLEASE take Marty Morningweg from the Eagles. We need someone that knows that running the football is allowed in the NFL.

  15. skito13 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:16 PM

    All this fisher talk…if he told 2 teams they would have a decision by midweek and do not yet have it? I would assume that he is not that interested and tell him adidos. Like a fickled woman!

  16. jbcommonsense says: Jan 12, 2012 12:17 PM

    The Manning and Caldwell decisions are linked. If you decide to move on from Manning, a new coach/new offense makes sense. Otherwise why switch yet?

  17. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jan 12, 2012 12:18 PM

    dallasholeinroofcowboys says: Jan 12, 2012 12:03 PM

    Good luck winning another Super Bowl without Caldwell…

    Manning had the arm but Caldwell had the brains behind their Super Bowl runs.
    ——————————————————

    You’re a genius! Obviously this was proven this year….

  18. eaglebobby says: Jan 12, 2012 12:19 PM

    harrisonhits2–You’re joking, right???Before he fell apart in ’10 with his trade to the Skins, all he did was lead a young Philly team to 5 NFCCGs and 1 SB run. They barely lost to the Rams in ’01 that went on to lose to the Pats; they became the first team to lose to a defending SB champion by less than a TD–nothing to brag about–but McNabb certainly wasn’t a fat, lazy slob for a majority of his years in Philly.

  19. finsrule2222 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:20 PM

    I think Caldwell is gonna get a lot people hoping for him to be fired, but at the same time, I bet if Tony Dungy were still coaching, and the same thing happened to him this year (no peyton, injuries, etc.) they would be terrible too.

    Peyton Manning makes coaches look better than they are. I guarantee its happening in Green Bay right now. Philbin is getting head coaching interviews because of Aaron Rodgers. Tom Brady has gotten his OC’s jobs. Look at McDaniels, Weiss, and O’Brien. They all leave hall of fame QB’s and go on to be decent to bad coaches. A lot of people make coaches out to be geniuses who can win no matter what the situation is. Do you think McCarthy, Sean Peyton, or Mike Tomlin would be as succesful as they have been if they were coaching the dolphins, and didn’t have hall of fame QB’s? Probably not.

    Caldwell will probably get fired, and by going 1-16 he didnt make a strong case for himself…..

  20. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 12, 2012 12:21 PM

    dallasholeinroofcowboys says:
    Jan 12, 2012 12:03 PM
    Good luck winning another Super Bowl without Caldwell…

    Manning had the arm but Caldwell had the brains behind their Super Bowl runs.

    ———————————————————
    Thanks for your opinion, Mrs. Caldwell.

    Even YOU know how retarded that sounds.

  21. eaglebobby says: Jan 12, 2012 12:21 PM

    Oh, and another thing harrison hits2–Morningwheig was responsible for hte devlopment of Brett Favre early in his career, the change in Mike Vick last year, and the development of Jeff Garcia.

  22. terripet says: Jan 12, 2012 12:21 PM

    if manning leaves i hope wayne goes with him they can finish out there carrer’s together and win a nother super bowl with the jets

  23. terripet says: Jan 12, 2012 12:23 PM

    trade luck to cleveland then draft griffin and let him sit behind manning

  24. istillbelieveinblue says: Jan 12, 2012 12:24 PM

    @ken0west You are an idiot. If Manning hates Caldwell so much how come Jim was invited to the recent baptism of his twins? I can think of many reasons to dump Caldwell, but this is not one of them.

  25. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 12, 2012 12:24 PM

    @ ken0west

    You hit the nail on the head my friend.

    @ dallasholeinroofcowboys

    Are you serious? The guy is a mute during the game. He adds nothing. He isn’t an offensive guy. He isn’t a defensive guy. I’m sorry, he’s just terrible. During the press conferences he’s like a politician who says all the right things but deep down doesn’t have a clue. You can see right through him.

  26. irishnativeson says: Jan 12, 2012 12:25 PM

    First draft pick, HOF QB on the roster, new GM. They’ll win before JAX or TEN

  27. jsho55 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:26 PM

    I’m sure most GM’s would love to walk in and have the #1 pick in the upcoming Draft.

  28. daveyjones1 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:28 PM

    Here’s what he needs to do:

    Keep Caldwell and hire Spagnolo to run the defense.

    Keep Manning if he is healthy, a proven commodity.

    Trade the top pick in the draft for a boat load of picks.

    Use an early pick to draft a QB that can sit and learn for a couple years ( Ryan Tannehill, anyone) behind Peyton.

    Have a great draft using the picks he got for trading out of the top spot.

    Why is this so hard?

  29. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 12, 2012 12:30 PM

    cletusvandam says:Jan 12, 2012 12:05 PM

    This isn’t going to end well for the Colts. Welcome BACK to decades of mediocrity Indy!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Fixed.

  30. realitypolice says: Jan 12, 2012 12:32 PM

    Any possibility that Fisher was holding out on making a decision waiting on this hire?

    If not, I would like to officially start that rumor.

  31. gmen1987 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:35 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:
    Jan 12, 2012 11:57 AM
    If Caldwell isn’t fired I will immediately question whether or not Grigson knows what he is doing. This is coming from a Colts fan.

    ==================================
    I would question more about how meddlesome Jim Irsay is going to be and interfere with what his organization has to do.

    As for PManning, from what I have heard from NFL insiders like Jay Glaser and others is it’s still a mystery as to when or if Peyton can play. The doctors, coaches, and Peyton Manning don’t know the answer. Time to move on.

  32. notoriousbri says: Jan 12, 2012 12:37 PM

    fire Caldwell.

    let go of manning and his $28 mil, he is the one of the greatest ever but even he cant win with this roster.

    draft Luck and build the line and to protect him so he doesnt turn into david carr.

    let wayne sign somewhere else as well.

    rebuild for a few years and impove the weapons with younger talent and you will be fine.

  33. soxpatsbscelts says: Jan 12, 2012 12:39 PM

    I guess this whole thing puts to bed the argument over who has a better more prepared franchise. Go Pats!

  34. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:44 PM

    “Difficult Job” Translation=It will look bad to players for a white man to fire a Black man without being forced to.

    I’m black and it’s true.

  35. greencheeto says: Jan 12, 2012 12:51 PM

    This guy is sacrificial metal. They’ll use him to get rid of Manning and then can him after the team doesn’t do well.

  36. test2402 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:52 PM

    This guy didn’t do anything with the eagles. He was one of reids pawns. They all just sat in their offices watching Tim Tebow film.

  37. sonvar says: Jan 12, 2012 12:53 PM

    If Marty Mornhinweg is his best idea for replacing Caldwell then I think the Colts need to reevaluate their new GM already. I understand the Eagles connection but Marty is not a good choice.

  38. ken0west says: Jan 12, 2012 1:00 PM

    @All

    This baptism non-sese is funny. Being invited to someones baptism means jack. Any adult in the room knows that sometimes you invite people to functions because appearance or custom dictates it. Many a man as had to invite some fool to a weeding or party.

    Unless he is the god father your point is mute. Nice try calling me out, but you all sound like the idiots.

    And anyone who has played 100 games of Madden has better clock skills than Caldwell.

  39. conspiracygenerator says: Jan 12, 2012 1:22 PM

    phillyfreak24 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:14 PM

    Grigson, PLEASE take Marty Morningweg from the Eagles. We need someone that knows that running the football is allowed in the NFL.
    _________________________________

    You do realize that McCoy was in contention until the last week of the season for the NFL rushing title, right? They ran the ball more this year than any in Reid/Marty’s tenure, because they have a legitimate every-down back. Westbrook, while great and full of weapons, was not an every…down…back. He simply didn’t have the north-south explosiveness that McCoy does (although he was as elusive as hell). If you’re a philly freak as your name states, brush up a little more about your team before making uneducated statements.

  40. agcooney108 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:32 PM

    conspiracygenerator

    that’s why mccoy lead the league in rushing this year right? dumbass

  41. agcooney108 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:33 PM

    my bad conspiracy, i ment phillyfreak…dumbass

  42. radrntn says: Jan 12, 2012 1:34 PM

    lets face it caldwell did whatever peyton said, and without him tHEy lost

  43. glac1 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:41 PM

    It doesn’t help when the owner says he’ll have the “final say” with Caldwell. The manager has one hand tied behind his back and it is impossible to succeed in that fashion. Someone must have complete authority over the football operations.

  44. brenenostler says: Jan 12, 2012 2:07 PM

    If Marty Mornhinweg gets the job, then he’s going to bring in his own offense. Which means we’ll get rid of Manning because he’s not going to want to learn a new system.

  45. prior0knowledge says: Jan 12, 2012 2:15 PM

    expensive veterans? Continuity? hang on to NONE. CUT THEM ALL. I am sure that the Colts can win 2 games next season without them.

  46. hendawg21 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:38 PM

    Does it really matter I mean good years bad years run in cycles back in the 80′s and 90′s the teams that were good Washington, Buffalo, Denver, SF etc., were battling each year in the playoffs guess who sucked…Colts, NE, NO, GB.

    The cycle has run it’s course and some of those teams from 80′s and early 90′s will be or have already started to rebound think next year there will be more evidence of this…btw who’s hosting the Super bowl next year? Well don’t count on a good season just ask the last 4 or so cities how there teams faired…

  47. hendawg21 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:50 PM

    Ok just a thought here whether Caldwell gets fired or not whether they have the first pick in the draft or not…for years the Colts were a playoff team and a team to be reckoned with in the AFC…now one season they lose Manning and they go to H#?? you mean to tell me Manning was the entire team??? Draft Luck or RGIII it won’t matter this team has more holes than swiss cheese a QB will not fix this mess however trading out of that pick getting a slew of draft picks will speed the process of being relevant again, otherwise they’ll be basement dwellers for years to come with Luck or RGIII…

  48. hendawg21 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:53 PM

    to add to my previous instead of suck for luck again trade the pick for PICKS start building the team suck again next year and suck for Barkley…

  49. shoeflypie says: Jan 12, 2012 2:55 PM

    “Nice try calling me out, but you all sound like idiots,” said the guy who doesn’t know the difference between “mute” and “moot”. Sheesh!

  50. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:19 PM

    dallasholeinroofcowboys’s comment above about “manning being the arm, but Caldwell being the brains” may be the dumbest crap i’ve ever read on here. Manning is the brains of the colts offense, period. And the colts offense is the team.

  51. cliverush says: Jan 12, 2012 3:29 PM

    I recall the lost look on Marty’s face, when late in a game standing on the Lion’s sideline, he made one error after another. A continual series of mistakes that proved his lack of leadership. Head coaches in charge have a look about them. Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton, BB, Mike Mc Carthy all have it. Sorry to say, Marty does not.

  52. gmen1987 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:35 PM

    hendawg21 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 2:50 PM
    Ok just a thought here whether Caldwell gets fired or not whether they have the first pick in the draft or not…for years the Colts were a playoff team and a team to be reckoned with in the AFC…now one season they lose Manning and they go to H#?? you mean to tell me Manning was the entire team??? Draft Luck or RGIII it won’t matter this team has more holes than swiss cheese a QB will not fix this mess however trading out of that pick getting a slew of draft picks will speed the process of being relevant again, otherwise they’ll be basement dwellers for years to come with Luck or RGIII…

    ================================
    Swear I heard this arguement 1 year ago with the Carolina Panthers, 3 years ago with the Lions and 4 years ago with the Falcons by fans who said they should by pass a QB for other position.

    In the meantime, the Miami Dolphins has passed on one QB after another in the 1st round and still are sitting out of the playoffs in most years.

    Time to get with the 21st century.

  53. quizguy66 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:50 PM

    Whoa it’s like Bizarro Colts with the Blue Helmet with White Horseshoe on it!!

    -QG

  54. stanklepoot says: Jan 12, 2012 5:52 PM

    “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.”
    ___________________________
    Forgetting about the coach for a moment, I truly believe this is why the Colts went with Grigson. The Eagles front office is best known for the way it manipulates the salary cap. They’re also known for having the willingness to part with a player a year too early rather than risk holding on to them a year or two too late. Under the Polians, the Colts did the opposite, which is how they’ve ended up with the roster they have now. The Grigson hire means the Colts are about to embark on some serious roster turnover whether they keep Manning or not. In fact, it might be better for both sides if they do move on from Manning. It will clear up about $28 million (more than 20% of the anticipated cap) for the Colts to invest in building up their roster, and it would give Peyton a chance to make another championship run or two with a team that isn’t in the middle of a major rebuild. Either way, I think the Grigson move was more about bringing in someone to clean up the Colts cap problem and less about paving the way for Mornhinweg. Not saying Mornhinweg won’t end up there (I have no clue who they’ll go with), just that this isn’t the reason they hired Grigson.

  55. gostlcards5 says: Jan 12, 2012 6:56 PM

    ken0west says: Jan 12, 2012 1:00 PM

    @All

    This baptism non-sese is funny. Being invited to someones baptism means jack. Any adult in the room knows that sometimes you invite people to functions because appearance or custom dictates it. Many a man as had to invite some fool to a weeding or party.

    Unless he is the god father your point is mute. Nice try calling me out, but you all sound like the idiots.
    —————————————————
    I have no drastic opinion about anyone’s points, but this has to be said….

    It’s funny to hear you say “…you all sound like idiots.” to these people, when clearly you write like one.
    (a) What the heck is “baptism non-sese”?
    (b) People make moot points, not mute ones, unless the points themselves can’t speak!
    (c) My apologies to saying that you write like an idiot…perhaps you just invited a lot of fools to your “weeding” as well. Were you all literally pulling weeds from the garden, or smoking them? You probably just killed too many brain cells in the name of curing your glaucoma, eh?

  56. gorkdefork says: Jan 13, 2012 10:04 PM

    Oh please get rid of Caldwell and get on with it. Blunders by Caldwell to name a few!

    1. Poor clock management! Give me a break anyone could have down a better job.

    2. Resting the starters. Not only did it ruin the teams chance to go 16 and 0 but it through off the monmentum they had and caused them to loose the super bowl!

    3. Not standing up to Bill and little Chrissy! He should have said no to Kerry Collins and refused to play him.

    4. How to explain a 2-14 record. Caldwell got lucky the years before. His luck ran out.

    What needs to happen!

    1. Fire Caldwell
    2. Draft Luck
    3. Trade Manning. he’s 33 and a risk and has maybe a few good years left. Rebuild now! Clean House! Stick your neck out or else Manning will!

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