Who else has Jim Irsay called?

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The news that Colts owner Jim Irsay made a run at Jon Gruden coupled with the fact that Irsay still hasn’t publicly confirmed that coach Chuck Pagano and G.M. Ryan Grigson will be back in 2017 invites plenty of speculation.

The most obvious bit of speculation is this: Who else has Irsay called?

From our January 3 item regarding Irsay’s silence: “Whether it’s Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh, Jon Gruden, Sean Payton, or even Peyton Manning, Irsay could indeed be in the process of finding out whether he can knock it out of the park before he officially picks up the bat.” Indeed, Irsay was.

So who else beyond Gruden got a phone call? One league tells PFT that Irsay hasn’t made a run at Saban (yet).  As to the others on our spitball list, and as to anyone not on it, whom did Irsay try to hire? Who is he still trying to hire?

Now that the cat is out of the bag regarding Gruden, how many other cats are still inside? The longer Irsay goes without speaking or tweeting that Pagano and Grigson will be back, the more the speculation will increase.

Given that Irsay apparently has yet to find anyone who’ll take the job, the next question becomes whether he’ll try to get Texans coach Bill O’Brien. Sure, the Texans would want draft picks before letting O’Brien stay in the division. Given what the Colts have done with most of their draft picks since landing Andrew Luck, they could do as lot worse than give up a first-rounder or more for O’Brien.

41 responses to “Who else has Jim Irsay called?

  1. He can’t interview Cowboys coaches until after the Super Bowl victory.

  2. A first rounder or more for a coach who has accomplished nothing? Romeo Crennel has done more for that team than Bill O’Brian has.

  3. Sneaky move by Irsay. To have Pagano twist in the wind and if he does let him go. Pagano will end up not having a place to be a head coach in 2017. Even with a whacky owner, The Colts are the best job because of Andrew Luck. Grigson should have been fired a long time ago. Pagano is at least a competent coach. Many teams would have considered him if he was available.

  4. Any self respecting coach, with ANY other options will steer clear of the dumpster fire that is Irsay. Even with a pretty good QB.

  5. The one guy he should call, to discuss turning over day to day operations of the Colts, including GM duties, is Peyton Manning. Peyton would take the call as he is still (reportedly) very loyal to the Colts organization and the city of Indianapolis. Nah, that makes too much sense. Right Jimbo?

  6. Don’t know why he doesn’t just go ahead and fire Grigson/Pagano. The fans would definitely support it, and even if he can’t get “names” like Gruden/Manning to take the job, some good candidates will because Indy has the single most important position–QB–solved already, and thats what causes most coaches/gms to fail: lack of a qb. Kyle Shanahan would be a great hire. Frankly, most anythings better than standing pat. you already know that isnt working.

  7. surfinbird1 says:
    Jan 14, 2017 2:09 PM
    O’Brian would never work under Grigson. Too hot tempered to stand for his crap.

    Plus Grigson went to Purdue, so did Rick Smith!
    Something about Purdue guys! LOL!!

  8. Same collection of no life pathetic patriot slobs commenting on yet another Colts article with the same worn out rhetoric, it is good to know that the Colts consume your entire pathetic existence. Absolutely ridiculous

  9. Pagano is not a bad coach. He is no Bill Walsh, Bill Belichek, Vince Lombardi but who do you think the Colts could get that is better working under Irsay and Grisgon?? That is geared for failure.

    This team needs a total retool starting at the top!

  10. It’s funny how rumors get legs and then sort of become the truth, only to find out later that there was nothing to the rumors in the first place. Some of those at ESPN think they’re working for the tabloids. Even their own buddies have been calling them out.

  11. It’s funny how rumors get legs and then sort of become the truth, only to find out later that there was nothing to the rumors in the first place. Some of those at ESPN think they’re working for the tabloids. Even their own buddies have been calling them out.
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    So the Colts will be suing ESPN for defamation and disparagement and punitive damages. Wake me when that happens. Truth is always a defense.

  12. So the Colts will be suing ESPN for defamation and disparagement and punitive damages. Wake me when that happens. Truth is always a defense.

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    Actually I think the Colts are ignoring it.

  13. “Same collection of no life pathetic patriot slobs commenting on yet another Colts article with the same worn out rhetoric, it is good to know that the Colts consume your entire pathetic existence.”

    Yes because no fans of other franchises ever pollute Patriot articles. SMH

    And yeah, Pats fans are consumed by the Colts…who haven’t beaten N.E. since 2009. SMH x2

  14. Funny how all the Dolts fans are crying for Manning to step in as head coach. Megahead has never coached anything, let alone a head in the NFL. I would actually pay to see Grigson and Manning but heads, talk about hearing thunder lol. It would be fun watching the most overrated QB in the NFL booed in Indy.

  15. Shocked that the Shanahan name has not been dropped to insinuate opportunities here, especially since they seem to have an in on doing that on this site

  16. Same collection of no life pathetic patriot slobs commenting on yet another Colts article with the same worn out rhetoric, it is good to know that the Colts consume your entire pathetic existence. Absolutely ridiculous
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    Sorry, but the Colts demise is too good to be true. Your owner, GM, and coach are a disaster and the other teams in your division are poised to overtake you. The Colts will not catch up to the talent that the Titans are collecting for years. By then Luck will be decimated. Karma is a drag.

  17. This guy is the epitome of why many people think rich people are total A-holes. He’s never worked a day in his life. He was left the team his blowhard father snuck out of town in the dark of night. Who has he called? I doubt if he remembers- until he sobers up.

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