The Indianapolis Colts have fired general manager Ryan Grigson. Despite being under contract for the next three seasons, team owner Jim Irsay said that it was time for the franchise to make a change.
Irsay talked to ESPN about the move to fire Grigson. Irsay also announced recently that quarterback Andrew Luck had a successful surgery on his right shoulder injury. Luck is expected to be 100% healthy in six months and will be ready for the new NFL season.
“It was gut, intuitive, instinct from looking at where we were and where we are as a franchise. I think that we needed to make a change, I felt. Intuitively you get the feeling when the timing’s right where a change will help and whereas continuity is something that I really want and long to have as much as we can have it, but in this case I really felt the time was right to make a change,” Irsay stated.
Chuck Pagano will continue as mentor
Irsay also stated that head Chuck Pagano will stay in his post. This means that Pagano will be the mentor until the 2017 season. The Colts missed the playoffs for the second straight year under Grigson and Pagano. They finished the season with an 8-8 record. The record is a downgrade compared to their previous seasons.
Irsay also admitted that he already has a list for the candidates for the Colts GM job. But said that more prospects could be added to the list.
“Have a list, and you know, it’s not an impossibility somebody could be added to that list. And, again, this is something that is a big decision. There’s a lot of bright, young people out there. Obviously analytics and different aspects are affecting our game, how we go about being the best we can, and we worked hard to stay on the cutting edge,” Irsay added.
Grigson will be leaving the Colts after five seasons with the team. Among the best moves he did as Indianapolis Colts GM is getting wide receiver T.Y. Hilton in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Grigson’s stint with the Colts started good by drafting Luck as his first pick when they got him No. 1 overall. Indianapolis had a 33-15 record in Grigson’s first three seasons. They also reached the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
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