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.