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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: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:54 am

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

Excellent post. Dead on.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:41 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

I am a bit weary of hearing about the whole "Dream Team" label all the time.  I mean just because a backup QB, impressed by all of the activity, said that the Eagles are like a "Dream Team" does everyone have to give his statement relevance?

I think that the Eagles signing high priced star free agents is waaaaay over blown.  The only high priced free agent they signed was Namdi who was "supposed" to be the 2nd best corner in the league.  He is a high character guy so I dont see why signing him is considered such a bad thing.  The fact that it didn't work this year is purely hindsight second guessing. Colin Jenkins signed a cap friendly 4 year contract worth 5 mil per year (buyout options after years 1 and 2).  Jenkins is also a high character guy and a leader.  Not the type of signing that is going to disrupt team chemistry ala Albert Haynesworth.  They signed Vince Young for 1 year and 2 mil because they needed a backup QB (hardly the 4 mil that is talked about if he met all his incentives).  2 mil for a backup QB is very reasonable regardless of what his "name" is.  They signed Ronnie Brown as a backup RB for 1yr 1 mil (another 500k if he reached incentives which he didnt).  Not a bad price for a backup RB.  They signed Steve Smith for 2.2 mil not the 4 mil that he "could" have reached with incentives.  All in all they signed 2 starters and and a few backups for not alot of money.  Doesn't everyone sign 5 or 6 players to play a roll for their team?  These moves were over publicized because of the shortened offseason and the fast pace in which they had to be signed.  This is not like the Redskins who signed Albert Haynesworth, Jeff George, Dana Stubblefield, an over the hill Deion Sanders and Adam Archulta to franchise crippling contracts. 

I think its obvious that the moves didn't work more so because the Eagles hired an offensive line coach to be their defensive coordinator.  Hired a defensive line coach who runs a scheme that didn't mesh with the talent on the team.  They tried to make Namdni a zone corner even tho he made a great career so far playing press man and they didn't have the offseason to iron out all the wrinkles with these new changes.  Yes, I know that every other team had to deal with the same thing but everyone knows by now that Andy Reid's strength is preparation.  Its why he is undefeated after bye weeks.  He can study for an exam like nobodies business but his weakness is thinking on his feet and making moves on the fly.  It's a major weakness and why alot of fans want him out but it also goes to explaining why the Eagles struggled this season.  The offseason acquistions were not the problem and I have a feeling that you will see this team back in contention for a title next year.  Whether they can win it or not is a debate for another time.

Thanks for reading my novel. haha  

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:28 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

this could be a good hire. the eagles have been on the top tier of the nfl for a long time. of couse the decesion for the no1 is not his to make.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:12 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

As a long time Eagles fan, I would LOVE to see Marty Mornhinweg end up with the Colts IN ANY CAPACITY.  As long as he's gone from Philly, it's ALL good.  Johnny Lynne is available.  But MM- yeah I've wanted HIM gone for the past 4 years.  A new GM might just be the guy to pull off the 2012 version of a Herschel Walker trade.  The Jets are so desperate for a Starting Level NFL QB who would also train Mark Sanchez, they might even throw in some Free Parking at the Meadowlands.  Along with the rest of the farm, to land Peyton Manning.  Just imagine.  Peyton and Eli Manning could share a Manhattan penthouse for half the rent!  Then again, maybe the NYJ would include THAT as part of the lure.  And then the Jets could find a legit WR to replace Santonio Holmes.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:02 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

I think its important to understand that Grigson was not the GM of the Eagles.  It was Howie Roseman who signed all of the free agents this year and ran the draft.  A director of player personnel is someone who interacts daily with the players on the roster and may also help with prospecting for new players.  He truely is an unknown.  You can't just rip him for what happened to the Eagles this year.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:21 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

no, that'd be lurie, banner and roseman...

Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:12 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

This is an absolutley spot on post.  Never let good get in the way of being great.  who cares about  a dozen playoffs lets win championships.  You do that with talent.  I hope this guy can get that talent.  I think the most important thing is develop an identity.  It will be interesting to see who they bring in and what philosophy. 

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:08 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

"Is Grigson the guy who put together the "Dream Team"? Good luck in Indy..."

Yes, and since he also coached the Eagles this past season and injured Michael Vick, maybe we should be worried about that as well. The Eagles have consistently put together strong drafts and (regardless of what happened this past year) made good moves in the offseason. If the Eagles hadn't blown a game against San Fran and if Vick had stayed healthy, people like you wouldn't question this move because the Eagles would have been in the playoffs.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:04 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

If this guy is the same guy who signed Mike Vick to a gazillion dollar contract he should, quite frankly, NEVER work again!

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:32 pm

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

Is Grigson the guy who put together the "Dream Team"? Good luck in Indy...

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