According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Indianapolis Colts have fired GM Ryan Grigson. Thank God, that's what all Colts fans are saying in the back of their mind right now. Before I tear Grigson to shreds for being a completely incompetent GM, let me say a few nice things about him. He did draft Andrew Luck, although he was essentially handed him, and their wasn't much of a decision to be made, but since he's GM he gets credited with drafting him. The Colts went 11-5 the first three years of Grigson's tenure in Indy, he won an executive of the year award in his first season as GM, and the Colts went to an AFC championship game under him in his third. That sounds great right, how could they fire a guy who showed consistent success? Well, Andrew Luck can be credited for Grigson maintaining his job for as long as he did.
Luck was a sure thing coming out of Stanford in 2012, no questions about it, everyone knew he was going to be a franchise quarterback. In his rookie season he prospered, setting records, and leading them to a 11-5 record that resulted in a playoff berth. The Ravens, who went on to win the Super Bowl that year, blew the Colts out Wild Card weekend. The following two seasons the Colts went onto to go a combined 22-10, winning two divisional titles, and 3 playoff games. Unfortunately for the they ran into the Patriots twice, and they never stood a chance. Colts were young and on the rise, until Grigson fucked it all up.
If they wanted to compete with the Patriots the following year, note the Patriots had just blown them out 45-7 in the AFC Championship game, Grigson was going to have to upgrade the roster in 2015. He signed former Superstars Frank Gore and Andre Johnson to put high powered weapons around their brilliant young superstar quarterback. This would've been a blockbuster addition, if it were 5 years earlier. Andre Johnson was a ghost in Indy, Gore has been average, but he's no future for the Colts. Grigson's biggest failure though, his ability to put a formidable offensive line together to protect his young entity. Luck got injured in 2015, and missed half the season. They went 8-8, but Luck didn't play the whole season, so that's why they weren't good, right? Wrong, and this season proved that. Luck did play all of 2016, and the problems we saw in 2015 were the same problems we saw from the Colts in 2016. Poor offensive line play, limited weapons at Luck's disposal, and a porous defense. Let's not forget the Colts play in the brutally weak AFC South, so to not win that division shows your team is pretty much awful. The Colts defense had always been a liability, the fact Grigson couldn't get some better personnel on that side of the ball after 5 years proves incompetence. Grigson failing to protect the one guy who had made his career, Andrew Luck, by putting a solid offensive line around him proves he's not worthy of the GM position. Colts took a step in the right direction today, now if they can hire a somewhat competent GM, the Colts should be back on the path to success.