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Colts dump several more assistant coaches

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On Monday night, Colts owner Jim Irsay, coach Chuck Pagano, and G.M. Ryan Grigson renewed their vows. Now, they’re in the process of disowning some of the children.

In addition to defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, the Colts also have fired safeties coach Roy Anderson, secondary coach Mike Gillhamer, strength and conditioning coach Roger Marandino, tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts, and running backs coach Charlie Williams.

So, basically, those guys weren’t as able to fight for their jobs as effectively as Pagano fought for his.

“We are grateful for the contributions these coaches have made to the Colts during their time here,” Pagano said in a team-issued release. “Obviously these days are never easy. We wish all of these men the best in their future endeavors.”

The fact that Pagano hired the six assistants could be interpreted as evidence that Pagano may not have done a great job when it comes to selecting and/or supervising coaches. But that wasn’t enough to put Pagano in the same boat as the half-dozen men who are ultimately taking the fall for the failure of the team to live up to expectations in 2015.

Which reinforces the notion that Monday night’s silver lining comes with a dark cloud. Irsay said all the right things as he moves forward with Pagano and Grigson for 2016. Come 2017 or 2018, things could still change. Dramatically.

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37 Responses to “Colts dump several more assistant coaches”
  1. imodan says: Jan 6, 2016 7:14 PM

    Most importantly, did they keep that equipment guy who dove on the loose ball out of bounds? He seemed like he was rather irreplaceable and a key to the Colts success.

  2. titletownie72 says: Jan 6, 2016 7:17 PM

    Thank you Colts Organization for flushing more years of Andrew Luck’s career down the drain with Pagano and Grigson. You will continue to be a joke of an organization. Signed-Pats Fan

  3. worldizending says: Jan 6, 2016 7:25 PM

    Ha! Pag hires them….fails in leading them…and saves his own butt by blaming them for his shortcomings. Nice.

  4. fanfrommontreal says: Jan 6, 2016 7:26 PM

    So everybody did a bad job exept the top people who chose them and ran the show.

    For his sake I sure hope Andrew Luck goes somewhere else…

  5. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 6, 2016 7:31 PM

    But they’re not leaving empty handed. As a show of appreciation they are each receiving their own individual 2015 Colts Staff participation banners as lovely parting gifts

  6. bassplucker says: Jan 6, 2016 7:33 PM

    You always wonder when the head guy stays and a bunch of his staff gets let go. I mean he picked them in the first place, right?

  7. bobthebillsfan says: Jan 6, 2016 7:36 PM

    The 2015 banner will read “AFC South Division Runner Up”

  8. trubroncfan07 says: Jan 6, 2016 7:43 PM

    They could not even win the division from the Brandon Weeden led Texans. Poor Luck stuck with these guys.

  9. envybreedsidiocy says: Jan 6, 2016 7:54 PM

    I will continue to enjoy watching the Colts fail.

    Grigson and Irsay are useless.

    Pagano I like.

    Luck should seek a trade!

  10. nsideindy says: Jan 6, 2016 7:59 PM

    bobthebillsfan says:
    Jan 6, 2016 7:36 PM
    The 2015 banner will read “AFC South Division Runner Up”

    And the Bills banner will read “Irrelevant – – Again”

  11. charger383 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:00 PM

    in the end a lot of ast. coaches will move from one team to another

  12. plum54 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:02 PM

    So they kept the special teams coach that ran the fake punt play against the Pats? Or was that Pagano ?
    How is the investigation going into the fact that Lucks broken ribs were not on the injury report which is a rules violation?

  13. truthprofessor says: Jan 6, 2016 8:10 PM

    nsideindy says:

    And the Bills banner will read “Irrelevant – – Again”
    ——–

    only one franchise in all of American pro sports puts up participation banners.

    The Indy Fail.

  14. worldizending says: Jan 6, 2016 8:11 PM

    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Jan 6, 2016 7:31 PM
    But they’re not leaving empty handed. As a show of appreciation they are each receiving their own individual 2015 Colts Staff participation banners as lovely parting gifts

    /they also got a recording of the fake noise the colts pump in at game time.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:19 PM

    The indianapolis Laughingstock continues with brilliant moves.

    The rest of the league and their fans are ROFL over the fact Grigson was retained. A nice guarantee of more years of sucking and missing the playoffs.

  16. coltsfan79 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:20 PM

    Since Pep Hamilton was a Grigson hire, what makes you think a lot of these guys weren’t forced on Pagano as well? I think the meeting Monday night resulted in Chuck gaining control over who he gets to hire and fire, and no more meddling. You saw the look on Grigson’s face, it looked like someone shot his dog. Pagano was all smiles. Irsay isn’t THAT stupid He realized it was a bad situation, but the other HC candidates weren’t going to work out. That and Pagano has done pretty well despite what everyone on here thinks. So he laid down the law. Maybe Pagano will finally get to choose the guys he wants…..just a thought.

  17. goodellclownshow says: Jan 6, 2016 8:37 PM

    Grigson makes Chip Kelly look like a hall of fame personnel guy….

    ….and it’s despicable that Pagano is all smiles and mugging for interviews knowing he will be firing all those guys the next morning. As long as your safe Chuck, screw your staff.

  18. goodellclownshow says: Jan 6, 2016 8:48 PM

    I laugh every time I hear the junkie owner say it’s good for the horseshoe…lol..
    ….I don’t know if keeping those 2 morons running your team is best for the “horseshoe”, but it certainly is for the rest of the AFC!!!

  19. dumbdolphinfan says: Jan 6, 2016 8:49 PM

    coltsfan79 says:
    Jan 6, 2016 8:20 PM
    Since Pep Hamilton was a Grigson hire, what makes you think a lot of these guys weren’t forced on Pagano as well?

    Yep. It was reported in several places this season that Pagano didn’t have say over his own staff. Everyone blaming him for letting the assistants go might want to hold off…..

  20. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 6, 2016 8:55 PM

    The Colts are back on the path being a lower tier team in the league.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 6, 2016 8:59 PM

    Pagano has gone from being a heroic figure to being a joke.

  22. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 6, 2016 9:10 PM

    They were great for Arians

  23. tonebones says: Jan 6, 2016 9:16 PM

    Just a little house cleaning, that’s all. This team won 36 games over the prior three seasons, got their pro bowl QB injured, and still rolled to an 8-8 season. Most teams would be proud of that, but the Colts didn’t get to the AFC Championship last year because they wanted to be like everyone else. I’d say this is a warning to the rest of the league. Watch out next year! Irsay was smart to reward Grigson and Pagano with big contract extensions. A lot of fans from other teams were hoping they’d break up this winning combination. Sorry boys.

  24. kpweaver27 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:18 PM

    lennydpocketqb says:
    Jan 6, 2016 8:55 PM
    The Colts are back on the path being a lower tier team in the league.

    —–

    They won 8 games with a broken Luck, a broken Hasselbeck, and Josh Freeman. They won in Miami the week before the Patriots lost there. How would [insert any other NFL team] do without their starting QB? They would have won 11-12 with a healthy Luck–which I grant you, offensive needs fixed–but don’t kid yourself, the Colts are a top 5 team in this league when healthy and everyone here knows it. Grigson is going to have to make some good moves to get them to top 1 though.

  25. azjam says: Jan 6, 2016 9:25 PM

    Pagano is no leader. Why would anyone want to work for him if all he cares about is saving his ass.

  26. cross300 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:37 PM

    This is scapegoating at it ugliest. It couldn’t be the head coach it has to be every other coach that he hired and supervised.

  27. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Jan 6, 2016 9:40 PM

    Why sign him to a multi-year deal ? You know it’s ending give him a conditional deal as you do a player … so confusing

  28. nsideindy says: Jan 6, 2016 9:49 PM

    truthprofessor says:
    Jan 6, 2016 8:10 PM
    nsideindy says:

    And the Bills banner will read “Irrelevant – – Again”
    ——–

    only one franchise in all of American pro sports puts up participation banners.

    Who cares? Would I put them up? No. But if they want to hang up banners…why do you really care? Not sure who “your team” is, but overall, I’m pretty happy with the way the last 20 years or so have gone for the Colts. Banners and all.

  29. phinfan says: Jan 6, 2016 10:51 PM

    This never goes well, Philbin in miami changed assistants and got worse

  30. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 6, 2016 11:06 PM

    So Pagano was able to hang on to HIS job, by canning most of the guys who coached under him ……. way to throw your staff under the bus to save your own azz, Chuck

  31. Ugadogs21 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:29 PM

    Chuck Pagano..that’s Latin for “back stabber”, correct?

  32. metalhead65 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:37 PM

    you have to love a fan base that wants a coach fired after 1 .500 season in 4 years. granted the division they play sucks worse than any in football he still won 11 games a year and made the playoffs 3 out of his 4 years. think the browns might be happy with a record like that?

  33. richabbs says: Jan 6, 2016 11:49 PM

    Roy Anderson I as definitely Pagano’s guy, as he brought him over from the Ravens. Roberts was Chud’s guy, and Chud is Pagano’s guy.

  34. couchbasher says: Jan 7, 2016 12:22 AM

    Karma is you know what…

    “Suck for Luck”

    Thats what you get.

    Signed…

    Browns Fans

  35. crush22 says: Jan 7, 2016 7:52 AM

    bobthebillsfan says:
    Jan 6, 2016 7:36 PM
    The 2015 banner will read “AFC South Division Runner Up”
    ———–
    Bills fan talking smack.
    Classic.

  36. msarcher1 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:12 AM

    I’m guessing Luck will want out. He’s gotta be watching his hometown Texan’s.

  37. charliecharger says: Jan 7, 2016 11:46 AM

    The Colts have won 44 games since Grigson and Pagano came together four years ago. Eleven wins a season gets most coaches and GMs raises and contract extensions. That’s exactly what happened. Now they’re just trying to upgrade the rest of the coaching staff a little.

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