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Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:58 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 3:16 pm
 
Indy wanted to talk with Fewell and Gruden but couldn't. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Saturday, Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that the team expected to hire a coach by "mid 2 late next week." If that's the case, cross two teams off the list: Indy wanted to talk with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell but couldn't.

According to CBS Sports Charley Casserly, Gruden turned down the Colts offer to interview and Fewell was still coaching and thus unavailable.

"They asked permission to talk to Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden," Casserly reported on The NFL Today. "He declined to interview for the head coaching job with the Colts. They also wanted permission to interview with Perry Fewell, the defensive coordinator of the Giants but they couldn't even ask permission because Fewell is still coaching."


Gruden's decision isn't particularly surprising considering he took his name out of the running for the Jaguars and Rams jobs earlier in the year, but it's a bit odd considering that he'd have his pick of top-tier quarterback to groom for the future, with Irsay already publicly saying that he'd take either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III with the top pick.

Fewell's a name that's always right there in the running for head coaching positions, but he's never gotten enough push to land a gig. Perhaps this could've been his break, which is a shame.

It still could, if the Colts decide to wait. But it's also going to be tough for Fewell will get enough face time with Irsay and new Colts general manager Ryan Grigson if the Giants win on Sunday.

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Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:05 am
 

Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

Gruden has stated that he didnt want to uproot his family again 2 years in a row.

His son will be a High School Senior next year and he didnt want to force him to have to go to ANOTHER new school for his final year. 

And I think he likes the toys he has to play with in Green, Gresham & Dalton. Give him a shiny new RB on NFL Christmas (Draft day) and he should have another year of success. At which time he might leave for his own show. 


If this is true, and I have no reason to doubt it, then my respect for him has just gone up.  You hear players and coaches saying all the time "I have to do what is right for me and my family"  and 99% of the time they decide what is best is to follow the money.  They have no problem uprooting their families and moving them for the umpteenth time just for a little more scratch.

Gruden obviously knows what it is like to move around and he knows how hard it can be for kids.  He is thinking of them and that is great. He also knows he is in a fairly good spot with the Bengals.  Like you said, he has a lot of promising talent to work with.  He is young and I can only see his stock going up especially if the Bengals can continue to improve and I think that could very easily see that happening.

As far as a package deal with his brother, we know Jon would be the HC so why would Jay want to turn down a potential HC position just so he can be an OC under his brother.  If the Bengals get better next year we could see another brother combo of head coaches in the NFL.



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

perry fewell hasnt been any good since janes addiction broke up



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:18 pm
 

Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

Gruden has stated that he didnt want to uproot his family again 2 years in a row.

His son will be a High School Senior next year and he didnt want to force him to have to go to ANOTHER new school for his final year.

And I think he likes the toys he has to play with in Green, Gresham & Dalton. Give him a shiny new RB on NFL Christmas (Draft day) and he should have another year of success. At which time he might leave for his own show.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:59 am
 

Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

Jay Gruden is waiting until next season when he and brother Jon will be going together as a package. The job openings next season will be a little more appealing than this season as Dallas, Philadelphia and San Diego should be open also possibly the Jets. The Giants are another possibilty if Coughlin retires but they may even happen this year depending on the outcome of their next game.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

Jay Gruden is very overrated as an offensive coach. The guy could not coach his way out of a paper bag. Remember all the success he had in the AFL? None of it was as a QB. Dalton is smarter than I gave him credit for. Red head or not...he will definitely have a much better NFL career than Bill Musgrave and Billy Joe Tolliver. 



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:45 pm
 

Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

This not a knock against the Bengals (although it may come across otherwise), but I cannot understand why an assistant would blow off a potential HC job like that. It's just weird.


RaiderDuck,

 Maybe he is smart enough to know he isn't ready to be a head coach yet. Maybe he wants to get more into the NFL game before he takes on rebuilding a franchise (if manning leaves). Maybe he wants to see things thorugh in Cincy? Afterall he did have bad day calling plays in the playoffs this year.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:27 pm
 

Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

Not just one, but three... he blew off Saint Louis and Jacksonville as well.  Maybe he just really likes living in Cincinnati?  I don't know enough about him to guess at his motivations really.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 5:42 pm
 

Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

This is weird. The only reason I can think of why Jay Gruden would take his name out of consideration for the Colts job is because he's been promised the Bengals position when Marvin Lewis leaves/is canned. But the Colts HC will have Andrew Luck, maybe Peyton Manning, a nice stadium, and an organization that's used to winning.

This not a knock against the Bengals (although it may come across otherwise), but I cannot understand why an assistant would blow off a potential HC job like that. It's just weird.


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