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Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson says he doesn’t hate coach Chuck Pagano

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One of the unusual early developments of the offseason wasn’t a firing, but a pair of non-firings.

When the Colts decided to hang onto both coach Chuck Pagano and General Manager Ryan Grigson, there was a long-held belief that it was strange because the two didn’t get along.

That existed because of multiple reports through the course of a lost season that the two were at odds, and Pagano (the one who had to hold daily press conferences) never exactly denied it.

But in an effort to put the pork chop back into the pig, Grigson told Michael Silver of NFL Media that the two had a solid professional working relationship, and the reports of animosity were overblown.

“I don’t think I’m a monster,” Grigson said. “I might not be going out for beers with the head coach every night, but I do like Chuck [Pagano], and we have a lot of fun working together. We bounce things off each other. We laugh, all the time. I just don’t understand why people think I hate the guy, because that’s just not reality.”

Tension between co-workers is natural when a team underperforms, and the Colts underperformed mightily last year. The reasons for that fall largely on injuries to quarterback Andrew Luck. But there were plenty of other reasons that fall to both Pagano and Grigson, from weird fake punts to the inability to draft and sign players who were able to protect Luck from beatings.

But now that the two are back, together, they’ll have a chance to work on their relationship as well as their roster.

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35 Responses to “Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson says he doesn’t hate coach Chuck Pagano”
  1. nhpats says: Feb 29, 2016 12:35 PM

    When is Goodell going take away draft picks for the 75% of Colts footballs being under-inflated? When is he going to penalize the Colts for not disclosing Luck’s broken ribs?

  2. bjwbrown2011 says: Feb 29, 2016 12:36 PM

    How they retained both of these people is a complete joke.

    Go one way or the other but together these two are going to run each other and the entire team to the ground.

  3. nfloracle says: Feb 29, 2016 12:37 PM

    The body language in that picture says it all…

  4. realpatsfan says: Feb 29, 2016 12:37 PM

    But the both hate the Patriots.

  5. cyclotrongary says: Feb 29, 2016 12:39 PM

    Grigson is a bigger lier than Hillary Clinton and we all know about her.

  6. mongo3401 says: Feb 29, 2016 12:39 PM

    Duuuuuuude !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. tjacks7 says: Feb 29, 2016 12:43 PM

    Seems like just yesterday that these two were raising an AFC Finalist banner together. Those were the glory days.

  8. infectorman says: Feb 29, 2016 12:47 PM

    The Coach who oversaw the worst play in modern NFL history, the fake- massive fail- punt and the GM that traded FOR Trent Richardson.

    How do they still have jobs?

  9. xxbarklikeadogxx says: Feb 29, 2016 12:54 PM

    Such a nice couple.

  10. jag1959 says: Feb 29, 2016 12:59 PM

    “But now that the two are back, together, they’ll have a chance to work on their relationship as well as their roster.”

    Awww, isn’t that sweet?
    Can’t you just see them getting together around the campfire and singing Kumbaya and toasting their Couples Therapy Participation Banner?
    Softest team in the league and it’s not even close

  11. weepingjebus says: Feb 29, 2016 1:01 PM

    The good news is that Luck can’t stand either of you.

  12. 6ball says: Feb 29, 2016 1:09 PM

    .
    Pagano’s contract had expired and if Irsay had not extended it he would have been free to tell all about framegate without any financial penalties. In a weird turn of events, Pagano had Irsay over the barrel during contract negotiations.
    .

  13. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 29, 2016 1:13 PM

    That’s so sweet. It remind me of a Hallmark Channel movie I saw this weekend. At the end, when the guy and the girl finally got together, he looked deeply into her eyes and said, “I don’t hate you.”

  14. kevpft says: Feb 29, 2016 1:18 PM

    Step 1: Cut the Luck safety net who won us 5 games last year and probably saved our jobs.

    Step 2: ?

    Step 3: Profit!

  15. roverboy1949 says: Feb 29, 2016 1:34 PM

    comparing either of them to a pork chop or a pig is a HUGE insult … to the pig.

  16. scrotiemcb says: Feb 29, 2016 1:39 PM

    Barring a sudden shift in ability and common sense in Colts management, it is not without merit to suggest that Indy, over the course of 3+ decades, will eventually squander the single greatest advantage in the NFL– the presence of two elite, generational QBs.

  17. jessethegreat says: Feb 29, 2016 1:58 PM

    Scottie, I’m a packers fan and it pains me to tell you that I regularly worry about the same thing with the packers having favre and Rodgers. At some point the fans will more loudly voice their voices about the underachieving of both teams.

  18. billsfan1 says: Feb 29, 2016 2:01 PM

    hating your coach and being incapable of signing/drafting decent enough players to surround your “arguably greatest qb of all time” and”uber talented hall of fame talent” qb are 2 completely different things.

    They should be challenging for Super Bowl every year because Luck is that talented, and the playoffs every year because they can find solid players to surround him with.

  19. captainwhodat says: Feb 29, 2016 2:05 PM

    but as a Colt fan, I dislike you, Grigson…

  20. tonebones says: Feb 29, 2016 2:20 PM

    There is only a tiny handful of coach/GM combos that have won more NFL games than Grigson and Pagano over the last four seasons, and these two guys inherited a team coming off a 2-14 record. A lot of experts even picked the Colts to win the super bowl last year, but then Andrew Luck went down. Even with last year’s 8-8 record, the Colts won 44 games over the last 4 years. I guarantee you the list of teams that have been more successful is a very short list. Front offices usually get broken up because of losing, not winning. Winners usually get contract extensions like these two guys just got. The Colts just put one GM (Bill Polian) into the HOF, and so far, Grigson is off to a better start than he was. You only get rid of HOFers if you’re going to upgrade.

  21. purpleguy says: Feb 29, 2016 2:38 PM

    Whenever you have to make a statement that there isn’t a problem — there’s a problem.

  22. mongo3401 says: Feb 29, 2016 2:38 PM

    Grigson will sign his usual dozen receivers.

  23. bonitalocal says: Feb 29, 2016 2:49 PM

    The Colts are spotted 6 wins each year.
    The AFC South always sucks.
    If you can’t win there….you can’t win anywhere.
    With the Jaguars getting a tiny bit better now, and if the Texans can find a QB, and the fact that Luck is WAY over-rated, I see the Colts hanging out with the Titans for several years in the cellar!
    Any Colts’ fans want to tell me I’m wrong?
    Like you did at the beginning of last season?
    Haha! What a joke of a team, top to bottom.

  24. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 29, 2016 3:00 PM

    tonebones says:
    Feb 29, 2016 2:20 PM
    There is only a tiny handful of coach/GM combos that have won more NFL games than Grigson and Pagano over the last four seasons, and these two guys inherited a team coming off a 2-14 record…
    —————-

    The team they inherited deliberately tanked games to get Luck (no they were not considering RGme), it was not a true 2-14 team. They won 41 in the last 4 years not 44. The ponies produced that record going 21-3 against a cupcake division, they were 20-20 against the rest of the league. The irony is they have had the type of divisional mastery the uninformed say the Pats have had but really do not. That ice cream party is coming to an end. Houston’s D alone makes them a worthy opponent and if they get any kind of remotely decent QB play they will only improve. The Jags are definitely trending up and even TN can’t stay as bad as they have been. Irsay/Grigson/Pagano have had the the skids greased for them for the last 4 very cheap years of Luck’s career and have nothing to show for it.

  25. Seprix says: Feb 29, 2016 3:00 PM

    Well, now both Pagano and Grigson HAVE to be buddies or else they’re both canned. They’re both fighting for their jobs now, which supersedes any potential argument.

  26. ebdug says: Feb 29, 2016 3:15 PM

    I think Irsay just likes to see Grigson and Pagano at each others throats. He’s completely oblivious to the football team.

  27. nhpats says: Feb 29, 2016 3:31 PM

    It looks like Pagano is laughing at Grigson in the picture. Probably because he knows Grigson just soiled himself.

  28. Chocker12 says: Feb 29, 2016 3:44 PM

    They had to bring back Grigson/Pagano.

    If Irsay would have brought in a new GM and Coach he would have had to give them at minimum 3-4 years to right the ship and Harbaugh might be available before that.

    Harbaugh is also gonna want to hand pick his own GM.

  29. gwhite13 says: Feb 29, 2016 4:52 PM

    Hopefully together they can bring home a couple more participation banners.

  30. truths4all says: Feb 29, 2016 5:30 PM

    Grigson loves Pagano just like he loves Tom Brady!!!

  31. truths4all says: Feb 29, 2016 5:32 PM

    The AFC South celebrates their good fortune that Grigson still can continue to keep the Colts falling further behind.

  32. charliecharger says: Feb 29, 2016 6:29 PM

    The first year together, Grigson and Pagano won 11 games. The second year they won 12. They won 13 and went to the AFC championship their 3rd season. The 4th year their pro bowl QB got hurt and they went 8-8. They did however manage to beat super bowl champion Denver and they went into overtime against Carolina. With a healthy Luck, this team isn’t that far away. I think Irsay realizes that. I’ve heard that the relationship between Grigson and Pagano is as good as any in the NFL. Don’t believe everything you read on the internets.

  33. mmack66 says: Feb 29, 2016 7:05 PM

    nhpats says:
    Feb 29, 2016 12:35 PM

    When is Goodell going take away draft picks for the 75% of Colts footballs being under-inflated? When is he going to penalize the Colts for not disclosing Luck’s broken ribs?
    ——————-

    Never, on both counts.

  34. cinzano08 says: Feb 29, 2016 9:28 PM

    Grigson and pagans are irrelevant.

  35. gp1390r says: Mar 1, 2016 1:03 AM

    The Colts are spotted 6 wins each year.
    The AFC South always sucks.
    If you can’t win there….you can’t win anywhere.
    With the Jaguars getting a tiny bit better now, and if the Texans can find a QB, and the fact that Luck is WAY over-rated, I see the Colts hanging out with the Titans for several years in the cellar!
    Any Colts’ fans want to tell me I’m wrong?
    Like you did at the beginning of last season?
    Haha! What a joke of a team, top to bottom.
    ———————————————————-
    Joke of a team?? 11-5, 11-5 11-5, 8-8 with no Luck for half the season! Need I remind you that the Luck-era Colts are 3-1 against Denver. Or need I remind you the Colts were one of only two teams to beat both SB contestants in 2013. What about this year?? The Colts took the Panthers to OT, AND beat the Broncos….again. Such a joke of a franchise….We had a 40 year old QB and still almost won our division. And he wasn’t Manning.

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