Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed that they have, in fact, parted ways with GM Ryan Grigson.
Irsay mentioned that he’s already met with HC Chuck Pagano regarding the move and VP of Football Operations Jimmy Raye will work with Pagano for the time being and eventually interview for the job.
In regards to Pagano, Irsay confirmed that he will coach the team for the 2017 season.
According to Irsay, the search for the team’s next general manager will be extensive but added that Peyton Manning is not in the picture for a position with the team.
Interestingly enough, Irsay said he did not speak to Jon Gruden about the team’s head coach position.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Colts have made the decision to relieve GM Ryan Grigson of his duties with the team.
- Jason La Canfora mentions that if the Colts want to hire from within the organization, personnel executive Jimmy Raye could be someone to watch. According to Rapoport, Pagano and his coaching staff swears by Raye.
- Stephen Holder is “getting a vibe” that HC Chuck Pagano is likely returning for the 2017 season.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Pagano is “believed to be safe at this point.”
The Colts have already announced that they have an important announcement coming today at 5:30 pm.
Recent reports mentioned that Colts owner Jim Irsay attempted to convince Peyton Manning and Jon Gruden to take charge of the team but they reportedly resisted Irsay’s interest.
Since then, all has been quiet regarding the Colts’ decision makers. However, it appeared as though big changes could still coming, given that Irsay had yet to publicly address the questions regarding Grigson and HC Chuck Pagano.
The question now is whether Pagano will also survive to see another season in Indianapolis or if the Colts plan to move in an entirely new direction altogether.
Grigson, 44, began his career as an NFL executive with the Eagles back in 2010 as their director of players personnel. He spent two years with the Eagles before the Colts hired him as their general manager in 2012.
During his five years in charge of the Colts, the team produced a record of 49-31 (61.25 percent) to go along with three playoff appearances and a trip to the AFC Championship game back in 2014.