Who’s the G.M. favorite in Indy?

AP

When the better-never-than-late G.M. search began in Indy, the sense in league circles was that the team eventually would promote Jimmy Raye III after engaging in a perfunctory outside search that would legitimize staying in-house with Raye. When the names began to be compiled for the search process, however, it appeared that the Colts were doing more than merely lining up a few courtesy interviews before doing the inevitable.

Six days later, there’s a renewed sense that Raye eventually may emerge with the job. The involvement of coach Chuck Pagano in the interviews bolsters the notion that owner Jim Irsay highly values the coach-G.M. relationship. If that’s a major factor, the safest course will be to match Raye and Pagano — if they see eye to eye, unlike Pagano and former G.M. Ryan Grigson.

Promoting Raye also makes it easier to put G.M. and coach on equal footing for accountability purposes, with both being told that either they succeed together or fail together. It would be difficult to tell a new G.M. from the outside that he’s fused at the hip with Pagano.

So if it doesn’t work between Raye and Pagano, that would be the occasion to press the reset button, hire someone from the outside, and hire a new coach.

27 responses to “Who’s the G.M. favorite in Indy?

  1. PLEASE bring back Grigson…. I’ve really enjoyed how poor the Colts are with him calling the shots!!!!

  2. So with believing that the colts are exercising outside candidates without a clear intention ro hire…and one being Chris Ballard who was rhe 49ers 1st 2nd and 3rd” choice and still refused to interview with them shows just how undesireable it has become to work for Jed. Geeez
    ……a 49er fan!!

  3. What does a “better never than late gm search” mean? Irsay’s mistake was not firing Grigson a year ago instead of signing him to an extension.

  4. After the Broncos, the Colts are the dirtiest team out there.

    Piping in phony crowd noise for years. They were even caught once on live TV when their loop began to skip! Several teams have complained, yet Goodell does nothing.

    They tanked an entire season during the shameful and blatantly obvious “Suck for Luck” campaign. They even made up t-shirts, yet Goodell does nothing.

    In 2015, the Colts admitted to hiding Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidney from the injury report, yet Goodell does nothing. He’s quick to threaten Seattle with losing a 2nd rounder for Sherman’s boo boo when he never missed a snap, but has already swept Bell’s major injury that kept him out of at least 2 days of practice and limited him to just 6 plays against NE.

    The Colts admitted in the Well$ Report that they tampered with NE’s football. Yes, THEY ADMITTED TO TAMPERING WITH NE’S FOOTBALL! Yet, Goodell does nothing.

    Only another lowlife from the Broncos, Ravens, or the 2 New Jersey teams will stoop low enough to join this corrupt organization!

  5. polegojim says:
    Jan 27, 2017 11:55 PM

    I’m tired of hearing about it.

    Make a decision and move on.

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    here’s a thought- and i’m just spitballing here. if you’re tired of hearing about it, maybe don’t click on a link clearly about it? Then, maybe even shut the hell up and move on yourself?

  6. I’m shocked at how many teams have the coach involved in the GM hiring. This seems exactly backwards to me. Unless you have a genius like Bill Belichick doing double duty, the GM should hire the coach and provide personnel. If he can’t get both right, he goes down the road and you find someone that can.

  7. ricko1112 says:
    Jan 28, 2017 2:39 AM
    After the Broncos, the Colts are the dirtiest team out there.

    Piping in phony crowd noise for years. They were even caught once on live TV when their loop began to skip! Several teams have complained, yet Goodell does nothing.

    They tanked an entire season during the shameful and blatantly obvious “Suck for Luck” campaign. They even made up t-shirts, yet Goodell does nothing.

    In 2015, the Colts admitted to hiding Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidney from the injury report, yet Goodell does nothing. He’s quick to threaten Seattle with losing a 2nd rounder for Sherman’s boo boo when he never missed a snap, but has already swept Bell’s major injury that kept him out of at least 2 days of practice and limited him to just 6 plays against NE.

    The Colts admitted in the Well$ Report that they tampered with NE’s football. Yes, THEY ADMITTED TO TAMPERING WITH NE’S FOOTBALL! Yet, Goodell does nothing.

    Only another lowlife from the Broncos, Ravens, or the 2 New Jersey teams will stoop low enough to join this corrupt organization!
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    None of this is true. You are a big fat liar.

  8. @ricko1112 says:
    Jan 28, 2017 2:39 AM
    After the Broncos, the Colts are the dirtiest team out there.

    Piping in phony crowd noise for years. They were even caught once on live TV when their loop began to skip! Several teams have complained, yet Goodell does nothing.

    They tanked an entire season during the shameful and blatantly obvious “Suck for Luck” campaign. They even made up t-shirts, yet Goodell does nothing.

    In 2015, the Colts admitted to hiding Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidney from the injury report, yet Goodell does nothing. He’s quick to threaten Seattle with losing a 2nd rounder for Sherman’s boo boo when he never missed a snap, but has already swept Bell’s major injury that kept him out of at least 2 days of practice and limited him to just 6 plays against NE.

    The Colts admitted in the Well$ Report that they tampered with NE’s football. Yes, THEY ADMITTED TO TAMPERING WITH NE’S FOOTBALL! Yet, Goodell does nothing.

    Only another lowlife from the Broncos, Ravens, or the 2 New Jersey teams will stoop low enough to join this corrupt organization!
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    hahahahahaha – nice conspiracy theory – take off the tin foil hat and have a beer.

  9. @ rick01112 “In 2015, the Colts admitted to hiding Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidney from the injury report, yet Goodell does nothing.”

    Luck never played a snap after his lacerated kidney. He suffered the kidney injury in a week 9 win over the Broncos and his season was done.

  10. If the Colts go with Ballard, it sounds like they’re likely to fire Pagano as well, as Ballard seems to prefer his own guy (even in an already thinned out market.)

    If they promote Raye, they’ll keep Pagano, and considering they were stuck with 3 years of Grigson’s contract after extending then firing him. Irsay may be keen on saving money by keeping Pagano and not paying two GMs and two head coaches.

  11. Two of the worst owners in the league are conducting interviews the exact same way? Hmmmmmm go figure. Although I think the niners will get it right with Shanahan they are in danger of getting it wrong at GM. Colts have the opposite issue in they may get it right at GM bit they have Pagano…. What makes the job more desirable though has nothing to do with Jed or Jim… It has to do with Luck vs Kap/Nobody

  12. maestro1899 says:
    Jan 28, 2017 2:03 PM

    I’ve seen two reports that state KC’s Chris Ballard is the favorite. And one report stated he wants to change head coaches.
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    Pagano should have been fired immediately after that fake field goal debacle against NE.

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