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Irsay makes Grigson's first move an easy one

Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 4:40 pm
 
By Will Brinson

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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Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:41 pm
 

Irsay makes Grigson's first move an easy one

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">If I could give pimpslapped1 a -300 I would. What a stupid rating system. With an idiotic name like yours you already prove you are not too smart. "mouth-breathing bed wetter?" How about growing up and act like an adult.<br /><br /></blockquote>

Haha! I laughed out loud when I read this. 1. Nobody rates these posts you phuggin nerd. 2. Sounds like I touched on a nerve of an incompetent mouth-breathing bedwetter. Sorry dude. No liquids after 7 and makes sure your rubber sheets are on. 




Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Hellooooo, Mr. Brinson . . .

Geez, even here in Europe it was a no-brainer that Caldwell would be gone after this (questionable) new GM was hired.  Let's make up our minds here . .
   And let's not forget that Irsay is also questionable when it comes to "cajones" . . . let somebody else do the dirty work . . or?
   The Colts have a very long way to go before returning to the Super Bowl contender of the past . . most of the 2012/13 team will be learning from each other . . and possibly not from Mr. Manning.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Irsay makes Grigson's first move an easy one

Was the decision brilliant or obvious? Let's be smart about who we select as a coach. Some of the names I've seen put out there make me nauseous -- Childress (are you kidding me?), Phillips, Morningweg, etc.?  Get someone with some experience and history of winning.

 



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:15 pm
 

Irsay makes Grigson's first move an easy one

While I agree that his name is absurd, that makes him no less correct in his assessment of the article's commentary.  The two statements mentioned are in diametric conflict with one another; first stating that the Manning decision is Irsay's alone then later stating that it will be up to Grigson, it just can't be both ways.

Personally, I've enjoyed watching Manning over the years and I can only hope that he concludes his career one day -- whether that be sooner or later -- with the Colts.  The man bleeds for the Colts, he deserves nothing less and frankly, I think he'd have a stellar coaching career with them in the future as well (he clearly runs the offense when he's on the field, so it's nothing new for him).



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Irsay makes Grigson's first move an easy one

Wow newsflash... new gm now a new coach??? who would havwe seen that coming??? O ya everyone including Cadwell. But hey why quit when he will still be paid if he had any time left on his contract. Maybe Payton will be player/coach.... a no  After a few years of coaching if thats what he wants  to get into maybe,but every straight player to coaoh  has failed.   Dont know who they will get but he better be a currently employed in the NFL, a college hire would be just as much  of a disaster as hiring a current  or recently current player to coach.   Offense or defensive coach doesnt matter,both sides sucked this year whoever it is must be able to deligate to the cordinators and they better know thier job or the coach will fail.



Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Irsay makes Grigson's first move an easy one

If I could give pimpslapped1 a -300 I would. What a stupid rating system. With an idiotic name like yours you already prove you are not too smart. "mouth-breathing bed wetter?" How about growing up and act like an adult.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:39 pm
 

Irsay makes Grigson's first move an easy one

Polian(s), Caldwell, is Peyton next ? In the words of Dave Hester Yupppppppppp !



Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Irsay makes Grigson's first move an easy one

ouch



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:01 pm
 

Irsay makes Grigson's first move an easy one

Jesus Brinson. You must have the memory of an alheimerz patient. First, you wrote in here that it looked like Caldwell was staying, 2hr before he was fired. I have read in various sources, and various spots on this very site, that the Peyton Manning situation will be Jim Irsays call and his alone. Then you write this:

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.
Your incompetent at best and a moronic, mouth-breathing bed wetter at worst. Probably the latter.


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