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Colts are fully aware of what they need to fix things

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The Colts went through a strange season, and perhaps a stranger beginning to the offseason, after losing quarterback Andrew Luck and then not firing coach Chuck Pagano and General Manager Ryan Grigson.

So now that they’re all on the same page, they have a common view of the reality that confronts them.

There was no disguising the truth when Pagano and Grigson met the media at the Scouting Combine, as they know they have to protect Luck better and they have to find pass-rushers if they want to keep pace with the teams they’ll see if they get back to the playoffs.

The interior of that offensive line, the center and two guard spots, is the focal point,” Pagano said, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star.

“Obviously the bulk of our winning has been from our superb quarterback play,” Grigson admitted. ” So yeah, that’s the common sense approach [to protect him].”

They didn’t last year, as injuries forced Luck to miss nine games, torpedoing their chances to maintain their hold on the AFC South.

But the Colts can’t just identify their problems, they have to address them. They’ve spent free agent money and high picks in recent years, with some notable misses in both areas. Now, they’re going to have less money to fix the problems, as they’ve squandered the cheap years of Luck and are about to enter the time in which he chews up a bigger portion of their salary cap.

“I would say this year is a little different than in years past just because of some of the financials we have on the horizon,” Grigson said. “Somewhat like 2012 where we tightened our belt. We had to scout our rear ends off.”

And this time, they have to be right.

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30 Responses to “Colts are fully aware of what they need to fix things”
  1. key2heat says: Feb 26, 2016 8:43 AM

    colts remind me of the browns

  2. ballin99999 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:44 AM

    “Back in 2012 when we scouted our ass off”… and 2013, 2014, 2015 were just cruise control years for scouting I guess? This guy Grigson is something else.

    Congrats on realizing you should have decent blockers in front of your franchise QB ……after 3 years of watching him get beat senseless….a true visionary.

  3. jacind22 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:47 AM

    Nice title

  4. ikeclanton says: Feb 26, 2016 8:57 AM

    Don’t worry Grigson–no one expects a turnaround of any sort with you still at the helm.

  5. jerry944 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:57 AM

    Shoulda been worrying about these issues last off-season instead of celebrating the raising of the participation banner

  6. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 26, 2016 9:03 AM

    There are 28 teams in this league that would bend over backwards to have Andrew Luck running their offense.

    Yet the Colts, the team that actually has him, have chose for whatever reason to not build an offensive line for the guy.

  7. gtrav says: Feb 26, 2016 9:03 AM

    Grigson still has a job, so I doubt it

  8. tjacks7 says: Feb 26, 2016 9:04 AM

    They should have a good shot at grabbing a first round WR drafting in the teens.

  9. toybkshr says: Feb 26, 2016 9:04 AM

    A new GM should be at the top of that list – Griggson classic example the “Peter Principle”

  10. 12coltsfan12 says: Feb 26, 2016 9:09 AM

    what we need:
    1. Fire grigson
    2. New coach
    3. An offensive line
    4. A defense
    5. At least a little bit of pride, self-respect & heart…

  11. nhpats says: Feb 26, 2016 9:15 AM

    Do they realize they are the softest team in the league?

  12. 6ball says: Feb 26, 2016 9:15 AM

    C’mon, you really didn’t think that Irsay was going to fire Pagano weeks before the framegate appeal?

    Don’t forget……. Pagano’s contract had expired. Irsay had no financial leverage on him. He could have gone to every major network and told the truth about Goodell and his posse of gangsters.

  13. fatguystrangler says: Feb 26, 2016 9:24 AM

    Wait, so now Grigson realizes the interior of the offensive line is vital?
    Here’s a thought: stop throwing cap space at washed-up free agents (i.e. Herremans, Johnson, etc.) and find some viable young talent.
    Groundbreaking idea, I’m aware.

  14. remembertheagenda says: Feb 26, 2016 9:28 AM


  15. 6250claimer says: Feb 26, 2016 9:34 AM

    They need a new owner, AND a new GM. The problem starts at the top. Force that drug-addicted, hooker-chasing owner to sell the team. Day 1 hire a new GM. There, problem solved.

  16. greatest dynasty ever says: Feb 26, 2016 9:36 AM

    Somebody get that man a banner!!

  17. iamkillerfin says: Feb 26, 2016 9:38 AM

    Is not gonna get fixed with worthless Philbin!!! Good luck with that loser!!!

  18. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Feb 26, 2016 9:56 AM

    If there’s a way to blow it, Grigson will find it.

  19. infectorman says: Feb 26, 2016 9:59 AM

    What they need to do is stop blaming PSI for their woes, grow a backbone and accept defeat like real men.
    What a team full of cowards

  20. msarcher1 says: Feb 26, 2016 10:15 AM

    If Luck wants a ring he should find another team.

  21. captainwhodat says: Feb 26, 2016 10:37 AM

    if Grigson is around next year, Luck will be on another team…

  22. elyasm says: Feb 26, 2016 10:51 AM

    “With their first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Wide Receiver…”

  23. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 26, 2016 11:32 AM

    Sadly, the Colts are going to waste Luck’s good years surrounding him with mediocre talent. Same thing they did with Manning.

  24. somethinghappeninghere says: Feb 26, 2016 11:47 AM

    Methinks the Colts felt “entitled” to win the AFC South (which is an extremely weak division like the AFC East was in the mid-2000s) and Grigson and Irsay are the main culprits (Pagano is a good coach IHMO)…and the worst thing is I guess they didn’t see Ryan Tannehill get clobbered on almost every play under HC Philbin, who refused to fix their OL (hopefully Gase will…I hate to see my Aggie homeboy get clobbered all the time)–so they hire this cluelss dude to fix their OL? Again, methinks the Colts are “entitled”.

  25. originate421 says: Feb 26, 2016 11:52 AM

    This guy has some nerve claiming his 2012 draft was incredible and he is going to scout his but off and do it again…

    1. Andrew Luck was the biggest slam dunk #1 pick… not even Grigson could have screwed that one up.

    2. His next 2 picks were spent on replacement level TE’s… they have less than 3,000 yards in their combined 8 years worth of playing time.

    3. His only true successful draft pick is TY Hilton.

    4. His other 6 picks from the 2012 draft were after round 3; none of those players are still on the Colts.

    Outside of Luck; he drafted 1.5 starters with 3 top 100 picks… bravo!

  26. crush22 says: Feb 26, 2016 4:37 PM

    12coltsfan12 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 9:09 AM
    what we need:
    1. Fire grigson
    2. New coach
    3. An offensive line
    4. A defense
    5. At least a little bit of pride, self-respect & heart…
    You ‘still’ playing this game, Patsie* Boy?

  27. crush22 says: Feb 26, 2016 4:40 PM

    somethinghappeninghere says:
    Feb 26, 2016 11:47 AM
    Again, methinks…..
    What are you? 4?

  28. mototax says: Feb 26, 2016 5:11 PM

    Colt’s problems go a lot deeper than the O line. While they were sleeping, the Titans, Jags and Texans got better. They even lost to a team with Weeden at QB! Gonna be a long 2016 season for Indy!

  29. j0esixpack says: Feb 26, 2016 5:23 PM

    I hope they realize their ability to pipe in crowd noise appears to be deficient

    And as evidenced by their 2015 championship game results and the last season, they don’t play well with fully inflated footballs

  30. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 26, 2016 6:19 PM

    Extend Grigson’s contract. That town deserves him, and vice versa. Love it.

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