Whenever an organization makes a new hire, there's always a discussion of "winning the press conference," which doesn't get you any notches in the win column, but it does garner fan support. Jim Irsay took the concept one step further by letting new Colts general manager Ryan Grigson dispatch unpopular head coach Jim Caldwell.
Frankly, it's a brilliant public relations move. Irsay "cleaned house" earlier in the month when he decided to dump Bill Polian and his son Chris and move the organization in a different direction. Deciding to keep Caldwell was a head-scratcher, almost as perplexing as all the rumors that Caldwell would return in 2012, many of which came as early as Tuesday morning, the day Caldwell was fired.
But by keeping Caldwell until Tuesday and letting him "interview" (for his own job no less!) with Grigson last week, Irsay set his new, young general manager up for a first decision easier to make than a layup on a four-foot goal.
And that decision, on the heels of a 2-14 record for the Colts in 2011, makes Grigson a popular guy around town. If you don't believe me, look at the press conference the Colts held on Tuesday -- Irsay kept his comments short, referenced 1998 and a big rebuild/do-over and turned things over to Grigson, who's now running the show in Indy.
There's nothing odd about that, because Grigson is the GM. That's his job. But he's the guy Colts fans are seeing who's responsible for getting rid of Caldwell and hopefully turning a corner. He's the guy who'll make the decision to draft Andrew Luck, which is also supposed to be a layup.
The Peyton Manning decision is another story, of course. But even if Grigson sends Manning packing and fans get upset at him for the call, they won't get too mad. After all, Grigson's the guy who just made the brilliant decision that Caldwell wasn't fit to run the Colts.
And he can thank Irsay for putting him in the position to make that move.
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