Colts fire Ryan Grigson

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After five seasons and little progress, Ryan Grigson is out as the General Manager of the Colts.

Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay fired Grigson today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Colts have announced that Irsay will speak to the media later this afternoon, but they have not confirmed that Grigson is out.

It has been widely reported that Irsay would love to change the structure of his front office and work out a deal to put Peyton Manning in charge. It is unclear if firing Grigson is a step toward hiring Manning, or whether Irsay just decided to can Grigson and start searching for a new G.M. now.

It is also unclear whether head coach Chuck Pagano’s job is safe.

The Colts will now get a very late start on the offseason, as most teams have their front office personnel in place and are already making preparations for free agency and the draft. But Grigson had ample opportunity to build a team around Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, and he failed to do so. As a result, he’s out.

117 responses to “Colts fire Ryan Grigson

  1. if Luck is as good a QB as his hype, GM and HC should be replaced…

    this just in time to get quality hires from the top 4 best teams as it should be!

  2. I actually don’t think Chuck Pagano is a great coach, but I think he deserves a shot at it with actual players instead of the scrubs Grigson foists on him year after year, neglecting the line and drafting players they don’t even need.

    Also, lest we forget, he traded a FIRST-ROUND PICK FOR TRENT RICHARDSON.

  3. tonebones says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:32 PM
    Wow I was just reading on PFT that’s it’s the two year anniversary of deflategate. That means the Colts were in the AFC Championship game only two years ago. Grigson and Pagano have never had a losing season. Could it be possible that one of the most successful owners over the last 20 years is happy with the success he’s gotten from these two?
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    Apparently not

  4. tedmurph says:
    Jan 21, 2017 3:23 PM

    I see a long career as a professional ball checker.
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    I see what you did there 😉

  5. kcchefs58 says:
    Jan 21, 2017 3:17 PM
    Luck’s contract is to blame. Grigson couldn’t assemble a quality team because of it…..

    6 11
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    Kind of sad that so few people seem to be appreciating the sardonic wit behind that comment

  6. Apparently Irsays long silence is because he was in deep meditation trying to to find balance and seek inner peace, to be better able to come to the right decision vis a vis his front office and coaching situation. I applaud his embracing of the Eightfold Path.

  7. Nobody will hire him again. So c’mon Ryan. Name the rubes in that deflategate frame-up! Easily start with Kensil, who is apparently performing vital playing field evaluations in Eastern Europe.

  8. 1. I have disliked everything about the Colts since they loaded the trucks that night in Baltimore.

    2. How in the world is Peyton Manning qualified to be an NFL GM?

  9. Should have been done 2 years ago. How he got an extension is beyond comprehension, but good for him and his retirement account because he should never be put in charge of a team’s personnel department ever again.

  10. Whatever the true nature of Grigson’s (or Pagano’s for that matter) contract extension (for instance – did any of the reported extension include optional years?) – I don’t trust reporters to know the contractual loopholes. Irsay may have seen this coming; if he didn’t he’s even more clueless than Grigson. I suspect the next GM will have the option to keep Pagano for one more year or fire him. The problem is that any GM candidate will need to accommodate Irsay’s Twitter disclosures and his unpredictable nature … making Peyton the ideal football czar who could then hire a GM. Peyton could cushion the organization from Irsay’s influence in such a position. Just a thought.

  11. The Truth says:
    Jan 21, 2017 3:34 PM
    How would all these patriot fans feel ifmthey lost their jobs……… oh wait you need one first
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    Patriots fans do have jobs….. We get to watch & enjoy another Super Bowl run…..
    It’s a tough life but, you know, somebody’s got to do it!!!
    Cheers whiner!!!
    Enjoy!!

  12. How would all these patriot fans feel if they lost their jobs……… oh wait you need one first

    Absolutely, just look at how much time the have posting on all these forums. Sad thing is that they only have beens fans since January 2002, at the earliest. Most likely since 2007.

  13. thecape15 says:
    Jan 21, 2017 3:25 PM
    What goes around comes around.

    -Pats nation

    No the fact that your team cheats and he happened to be the one to call you out for it has nothing to do with it. He was fired because he didn’t perform. Not everything is about your team despite what you Pats fans seem to think

  14. How would all these patriot fans feel if they lost their jobs……… oh wait you need one first

    Absolutely, just look at how much time they have posting on all these forums. Sad thing is that they only have beens fans since January 2002, at the earliest. Most likely since 2007.

  15. Jed the doofus in San Francisco did the first round interviews for him. Irsay can arrange the call-backs now.

  16. Where does the term Fire come from when releasing a person. I can google but just using my imagination it has to come from midevil times. When a land owner was not happy with a person they set them on fire ? LOL

  17. Careful what you ask for:

    “all the Indianapolis Colts want is a completely level playing field. Thank you for being vigilant stewards of that not only for us but for the shield and overall integrity of our game.”

    -Ryan Grigson, Deflategate 2015

  18. #DelfateGate Karma for another dysfunctional NFL franchise. Luck and Pagano should’ve ran from this Owner. Disgrace. Probably a member of the Guyer Institute with Manning.

  19. Karma. The move still isn’t going to save indy. The Patriots will make sure of that. Did I say karma yet? 6th straight AFC championship game says karma. indy missing the playoffs says karma. karma, karma ,karma. Have fun at your super bowl parties. karma.

  20. Noooooooooooo!

    This corrupt, dirty, cheating, sleazy, no good organization deserves the corrupt, dirty, cheating, sleazy, no good Grigson to compliment the corrupt, dirty, cheating. sleazy, no good, drugged up, boozehound Irsay!

  21. I hate the colts as a Patriots fan. But for colts fans, it should be alarming that Irsay fired him when THE COMBINE AND DRAFT are weeks away. Another stupid move.

  22. No the fact that your team cheats and he happened to be the one to call you out for it has nothing to do with it. He was fired because he didn’t perform. Not everything is about your team despite what you Pats fans seem to think

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    Seriously. You think the elements had nothing to do with that? What about Indy’s balls being under the limit. Science denier much?

    We understand this is not about us. Definitely.

    But we still get satisfaction from it.

  23. Hard to build when you don’t completely stink and the rest of your assets are not trade worthy. Middling draft position yearly and overblown expectations that Luck is the new Manning have kept them where they are. Karma for how they jettisoned Peyton. But he may be who they need as a GM or president. Someone asked how Manning is qualified to be a GM. Same way Elway is. Heck,no one is qualified until they become a general manager in the NFL. I’d trust his knowledge of personnel over yours any day.

  24. Shocking that s “GM of the Year” would get fired while the GM that drafted/traded/signed Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Russell Okung, Bruce Irvin, Brandon Browner, Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, KJ Wright, Bobby Wagner, Tyler Lockett and Frank Clark still has his job.

  25. Seattle’s GM is home practicing his new chant: ‘We’re #7, we’re #7, we’re…

    Who does everyone think the seahawks like in the 2nd rnd this yr?

  26. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Jan 21, 2017 4:25 PM
    Shocking that s “GM of the Year” would get fired while the GM that drafted/traded/signed Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Russell Okung, Bruce Irvin, Brandon Browner, Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, KJ Wright, Bobby Wagner, Tyler Lockett and Frank Clark still has his job.
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    It is shocking (and laughable) that Grigson was GM of the year 2012, but it is even more ridiculous that by far the most successful GM since 2000, Bill Belichick, never even gets in the conversation. Many people think Pioli (who was with the Pats until 2008) was GM, but in fact he was VP of personnel with Belichick retaining the final say as effective GM. Then after 2008 it was all Belichick, and yet he never gets mentioned – despite being the most successful GM and HC of the modern era and arguably of all time.

  27. so last year’s extension is in effect a severance package;

    severance for what!?

    drafting quality offensive lineman last year, and improving oline play, even a little, in just one draft class, only undescored how #extrachromosome Griggy is.

  28. grigson was a trainwreck as a GM. his roster stunk.

    i remember a couple yrs ago, after eagles cut trent cole and todd herremans, which were good moves to dump those guys…and grigson signed both of ’em !

    colts better watch it. they are slowly mismanaging ie wasting the andrew luck era. for colts not to make playoffs 2 yrs in a row with him at QB, in that div, is unconscionable. and now jax probably gets better with marrone as HC.

    grigson produced a terrible OL which caused luck to absorb excessive punishment, and now luck has become injury prone.

    not good for indy.

  29. Long overdue. Even Ryan Grigson would have fired Ryan Grigson if he wasn’t already Ryan Grigson.

  30. Horrible news for Titans, Texans, and Jaguar fans. Every day Grigson remained with the Colts organization was gift for the rest of the division.

  31. firstand4ever says:
    Jan 21, 2017 5:06 PM
    Long overdue. Even Ryan Grigson would have fired Ryan Grigson if he wasn’t already Ryan Grigson.
    ==================================
    Wrong!!!!! He would give Grigson and his idiot head coach 3-year extensions.

  32. All my fellow Pats fans have said all that needs to be said….karma, etc.,…but I can’t resist joining in too. Grigson was incompetent, but his attempt to sabotage the Patriots in conspiracy with certain NFL execs (yeah, you Kensil) was inexcusable. No sympathy here for a guy who deserved to be terminated.

  33. navyvandal says:
    Jan 21, 2017 4:07 PM

    for colts fans, it should be alarming that Irsay fired him when THE COMBINE AND DRAFT are weeks away. Another stupid move.
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    Perhaps Irsay already has Grigson’s replacement lined up and ready to go.

  34. The Truth says:
    Jan 21, 2017 3:34 PM
    How would all these patriot fans feel ifmthey lost their jobs……… oh wait you need one first

    Well that was clever and I’m sure those who lost their appreciate the humor.

    This pats fan believes Grigson may be lying duplicitous pond scum but I can’t be sure. He could certainly help clear things up if possibly he was a pawn or duped completely. There are just too many holes in the story, too many happy accidents in favor of a few teams that simply couldn’t bear hearing Brady say they should read the rule book. He was party to one of the most cowardly acts in sports history IMO.

  35. Grigson deserved to get fired, but here’s the thing–do not assume the Colts suddenly get good again. A new GM, unless he and Pagano are on the same page completely, will not necessarily turn things around again. And what if the new GM thinks like I do–that Andrew Luck is over rated? and what if Pagano is also fired? How long can a coach be on the proverbial hot seat? But one thing’s for sure–the AFC South should become a strong division very soon…but will Colts be part of that?

  36. The Truth says:
    Jan 21, 2017 3:34 PM
    How would all these patriot fans feel ifmthey lost their jobs……… oh wait you need one first
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    I would venture to guess that the NE area is among the most highly educated, highest earning parts of the country. Where are you from?

  37. Raye will become GM.

    Manning, if he joins the FO, will be a level higher.

    Pagano likely stays unless Shanahan, K omes i to the picture. Or, if a “name” HC type becomes available.

  38. The moment he chose that WR out of Miami 2 years ago over any offensive lineman I knew this guy was a terrible GM

    Your QB is getting killed week in and week out so you pick a WR which are a dime a dozen in this league?

    Right.

  39. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Jan 21, 2017 3:49 PM

    No the fact that your team cheats and he happened to be the one to call you out for it has nothing to do with it. He was fired because he didn’t perform. Not everything is about your team despite what you Pats fans seem to think
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    Quite frankly, the Colts are the team that has played poorly after being caught with under-pressured footballs. The Patriots have won a Super Bowl, and made it to two other AFC Championship games since the 2015 AFC Championship game.

    The Patriots have only played better since that whole debacle.

  40. somethinghappeninghere says:
    Jan 21, 2017 5:58 PM

    Grigson deserved to get fired, but here’s the thing–do not assume the Colts suddenly get good again. A new GM, unless he and Pagano are on the same page completely, will not necessarily turn things around again. And what if the new GM thinks like I do–that Andrew Luck is over rated? and what if Pagano is also fired? How long can a coach be on the proverbial hot seat? But one thing’s for sure–the AFC South should become a strong division very soon…but will Colts be part of that?
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    No one with even a modicum of football knowledge thinks that Andrew Luck is overrated. Having a GM with an inability to build an offensive line to protect Luck was the problem.

  41. Why does anyone think that the people who hired Grigson would do better this time? It’s the same personnel evaluation skills.

  42. Smart move by Irsay. Pagano should get a chance with a half decent GM (assuming Irsay makes the right move.) They have the franchise QB, now they have to protect and build around him. Still can’t believe Grigson gave up a first round pick for Richardson. Probably should have been fired for that alone.

  43. Ryan Grigson will go down in the history books of the NFL as a marginal GM. But the league will salute his honor and character for stopping another patriots cheating scheme. I can not wait for the NFL Networks A Football Life on R. Gregson…And I am a Pats fan

  44. I’ve never been able to understand why timing is so critical with coaching/gm hiring decisions. If you think you’ve got the right guy, what difference does it make if you hire him in January or March? So you may give up a season because you’re behind, but if you just hired the next Belichick/Walsh/Knoll, does it really matter? And if you don’t think there’s a chance that you’re hiring the next Belichick/Walsh/Knoll, why are you hiring him?

  45. Can’t imagine him getting another job with any team in the NFL. But I also can’t see the NFL letting him loose to disclose the undisclosed about deflategate.
    Maybe now that Coughlin is employed again, the NFL will give Grigson Coughlin’s old job. Something had to be prearranged so that Irsay was given permission by the deflategate cabal to fire Grigson this close to the SuperBowl. Boy would Grigson talking ever spice up the ratings.

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