After five seasons at the helm of the franchise, Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay has reportedly fired General Manager Ryan Grigson.
While it’s odd timing, considering it’s near the end of January and Indianapolis could have already had a replacement in place had they fired him weeks ago, it’s still a move that needed to be made at some point.
Hired on Jan. 12, 2012, Grigson’s Colts went 11-5 and made postseason appearances from 2012-14 but have now put up back-to-back mediocre 8-8 seasons. He’s been unable to put together a formidable offensive line to keep franchise QB Andrew Luck upright in the pocket.
Perhaps the biggest whiff during the Grigson tenure came when he traded a first-round pick for Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson. At the time, as well-documented, Richardson had been coming off a rookie season in which he ran for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns. He then went on to accumulate just 977 yards and six touchdowns on 316 carries (3.1 YPC) for Indy from 2013-14.
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