Bob Kravitz of WTHR reports that there is a “growing disconnect” between Colts GM Ryan Grigson and HC Chuck Pagano, who is entering the final year of his contract.
Kravitz spoke to people around the league with an understanding of the situation who mentioned that Pagano most likely wants more say in the team’s personnel decisions.
However, Kravitz clarifies that he doesn’t have specific examples of Grigson and Pagano butting heads in regarding to personnel, but he adds that two of them haven’t always seen eye-to-eye on these matters.
According to Kravitz, there have been rumblings that this situation is heading in the wrong direction, specifically for Pagano. This explains why the team only offered Pagano a one-year contract extension for a limited amount of money.
Colts owner Jim Irsay and Grigson are reportedly concerned that Pagano may not be able to take them to where they’re looking to go as a team.
Kravitz writes that Irsay is still bothered by the fact that they only managed to win one Super Bowl with Peyton Manning under center and may not wait as long to make a move this time.
Sources have told Kravitz that there are concerns about Pagano not being as tough when it comes to disciplining players, and his poor record against quality opponents.
The Colts hired Pagano back in 2012. However, he unfortunately missed 12 games after being diagnosed with Leukemia.
Indianapolis has shown progress and has won 11 games in every year since they hired Pagano, including three playoff victories, but they’re clearly focused on winning a Super Bowl now that Andrew Luck has established himself as a premier quarterback.
The problem for the Colts and Pagano has been their defensive struggles. In fact, one of the main reasons Pagano was hired away from the Ravens was to fix their defensive unit, but even after spending a decent amount of money on defensive upgrades, the results haven’t been up to expectations.
We’ll have more regarding the Colts and Pagano as the news is available.