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Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:51 am
Edited on: January 12, 2012 6:50 am
Ryan Grigson is the next Colts general manager. (
By Will Brinson

Ryan Grigson, the Eagles director of player personnel, was named the next general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced on Wednesday.

Grigson interviewed for a second time in Indianapolis on Tuesday and emerged as the favorite to land the job.

There are a number of issues Grigson will face when he steps into his new role, but the two hardest decisions may not even be on him. Colts owner Jim Irsay's said that he'll be handling the call as to whether or not Peyton Manning is retained and it's believed that the Colts are all but locked-in on Andrew Luck as the No. 1-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

One interesting aspect of Grigson leaving the Eagles after nine years is what will happen with Jim Caldwell. Caldwell's job is still safe, in theory, but it's hard to imagine that a new general manager would want an old coach running the show.

It may depend on what ends up happening with Manning, but Albert Breer of the NFL Network points to an interesting name: Marty Mornhinweg, the Eagles offensive coordinator.

Mornhinweg got a shot at a head-coaching gig once, but it didn't turn out too well: he went 5-27 with the Detroit Lions in 2001 and 2002.

It's believed that, at the very least, Grigson will end up bringing along some personnel with him to Indy, which could make for some interesting changes in Philadelphia as well. Grigson was promoted to director of player personnel in 2010 after four years as the director of college scouting.

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Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:38 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

I think that Polian deserved to get fired on merit.  He struggled to put talent around Peyton and it show'd this year.  The only reason they won a championship is because of Mannings greatness and if the Colts surrounded him with more talent we would be looking at a dynasty.  Having said that, eventually you have to move on.  Peyton "might" have one or two years left but the Colts are not a contender so it makes sense to go in a different direction.  I just question if the Colts know how to move in the "right" direction.  

I am a Jim Irsay fan though.  I like the way he interacts with Colts fans and I think he has done well by his bread and butter (Manning).  He just needs to put the right football people in place.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:30 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

Thanks Speeder.  I appreciate that comment.  Just trying to be objective.  And YES I do hate the Cowboys but I hate the Giants more.

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:57 am

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

Phillypower1....very well said!  As we collide from a fan perspective (Cowboys-Eagles) and I am sure you feel about Cowboy fans as I do about Eagle fans.  But you seem like you know exactly what you are talking about, without trashing others.....hats off to you for that!  I have said for years, quietly of course, Andy Reid is one hell of a coach.....just take a look at where he has taken his team, lots of playoff wins and seems like he makes great decisions about player personnel a year before everyone else knows about it.

Just wanted to say, great post Phillypower1

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:53 am

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

You can makes these kinds of lists for every GM in the league. At least he didnt sign a retired Kerry Collins to a ridculous deal.

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:49 am

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

So you are saying that Mornhinweg was a good coach, but being handcuffed by Millen??  C'mon Man!  Everyone knows that Millen was just plain bad.....But Mornhinweg was and is, just as bad!  To me the Colts are making some really bad decisions as of late.  The firing of Polian was a shocker, we can all agree with that.....and now the owner telling everyone he is drafting Luck with Manning still on his team!  I just dont see anything positive happening in Indy, when in fact they have been dominate for 10 years and then Manning gets hurt.....of course you will have a bad year!  But thats no reason to rip apart your squad and throw up the white flag!

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:48 am

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

A few points as an Eagles fan:

1.  Although the Eagles have had many good seasons; their drafting has been subpar.  Other than players like McCoy (2nd rd), Jackson (2nd rd) and Maclin (1st rd), they have not drafted very well at all.  Especially on defense.  That is why they have so many true free agents and undrafted free agents on the team.  They portray themselves as a team that builds through the draft but I'm not sure how good this guy is.  He is definately under the radar.

2.  As far as their record; the Eagles have had a very good record under Andy Reid.  I dont think its fair to underestimate how difficult it is to win in this league and to win a Superbowl.  In fact, most of the coaches who win a championship (save Billichick) tend not to last too long in this league because of all of the harsh cristisicm that you have to put on players in order to get them to perfrom beyond their limits.  It wears thin and the shelf life of these so called "closers" like Jon Gruden is short lived.  Having said that, I do believe that this year needs to be a put up or shut up year for Andy Reid and I also believe that this team has the right mix of veterans, young players and pressure to perform that they will actually get it done next season.

3.  Marty Mornenweig?  Give me a break!  That dude is a terrible head coach.  I hope he leaves so we can add a different dynamic to the play calling.  I do think that he could help develop a young QB though and I definately dont think that the Indy head coaching position is anything special (as someone suggested on an earlier post).  Once Peyton Manning is gone, that team will go back to a state of nothingness.


Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:48 am

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

Well, if you want someone who knows how to keep himself out of the spotlight, Grigson's your man. Whenever public discussion here in Philly turns to player moves (past and present), Grigson's name is rarely mentioned--the discussion is always about Howie Roseman, Andy Reid, and perhaps Joe Banner. Maybe Grigson recently changed his name from--or perhaps to--Roseman. That would explain it.

By the way, instead of messing with our offensive coordinator, why don't you take our other one? A lot of people would love to give Juan Castillo away and bring in a new DC here.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:46 am

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

Agree 100%, as long as Peyton is coming back it makes no sense to bring in an offensive minded coach. Don't reinvent the wheel there when you have a flat tire on defense.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:30 am

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

Marty Morhinweg may have been 5-27 with the Detroit Lions, but remember who his GM was at the time, Matt Millen, perhaps the worst GM in the history of the NFL.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:28 am

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

Ryan Grigson must give an amazing performance in job interviews.  If I read his track record in Philadelphia and judged hiring him on that alone, I'd be amazed he even has a job in pro football.

As "director of player personnel," I think it's a safe bet that he had a hand in the following moves while in Philadelphia:
1 - signing free agent Steve Smith for $4 million 
2 - moving up in the draft to pick Brandon Graham
3 - drafting Winston Justice
4 - signing Stacy Andrews to play starting O-line less than a half year from ACL surgery
5 - drafting Jaiquawn Jarrett in the 2nd round when he was projected no higher than 4th round 
6 - trading away two picks to move up in the draft to take Jerome McDougal

This list is just a taste of the "accomplishments" of Grigson.  We're not even including all of the non-moves like failing to replace Tra Thomas, Jon Runyan, Brian Dawkins, Jeremiah Trotter, and David Akers.  Unfortunately for Grisgon, everything discussed with media types tells the Eagle fans that Andy Reid is the one who got the deal done to bring Mike Vick to town so we can't give Grigson any credit there.  What are the Colts thinking?

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