When Colts owner Jim Irsay stepped to the podium on Jan. 2 to announce that the organization was moving in a different direction, he talked about finding a new general manager that had a ‘vision and a direction back to greatness.’
After over a week of gathering information and contacting various candidates, Irsay has found that man in Philadelphia Eagles Director of Player Personnel Ryan Grigson.
During Grigson’s 12 years in the NFL, he has been a part of teams that have made the playoffs eight times including three trips to the Super Bowl.
A native of Highland, Ind., Grigson carries an impressive resume of Pro Bowl players that he helped bring into the Eagles organization.
As the Director of College Scouting from 2006-2009, Grigson and the Eagles drafted running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson. McCoy was the second leading rusher in the NFC this past season and along with Jackson, they have combined to make three Pro Bowls in their young careers.
In 2010, Grigson took over as the Director of Player Personnel and made a splash in free agency during the past two off-seasons.
He helped bring in six Pro Bowl players in the past two seasons, highlighted by defensive end Jason Babin and his 18 sacks in 2011. In an effort to sure up the secondary, Grigson and the Eagles signed cornerbacks Nnmadi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Prior to joining the Eagles as a regional scout in 2003, Grigson spent three seasons with the St. Louis Rams as a National Combine and Area Scout.
Grigson, 39, played his college football at Purdue and was the team captain in 1994 on the Boilermakers first winning team in a decade.
He is married to his wife, Cynthia, and is the father of five children.
by Kevin Bowen
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Every week Colts.com features a blog written by one of our fans. This week’s blog was submitted by Lee Ledgerwood.
The 7 P’s of success: “Proper Prior Planning Prevents P*ss Poor Performance.” I learned this early so if a blue collar lunchbox carrying nobody can do this, anyone can, right? Easier said than done for a football team because how do you plan for every eventuality, how do you make contingencies for losing one of the top players in the NFL? Evidently a little luck was needed.
When a team has the opportunity to acquire a top tier quarterback there are many reasons why, luck is one of them. Experience with player personnel is also important because Ryan Leaf was considered by most “experts” to be as good a prospect as Peyton Manning. The Colts were lucky they had just hired Bill Polian because he made the right choice.
Then they have to surround this bright young field general with a team to enhance his abilities and allow him to lead them all to wins, playoffs, and even the Super Bowl. So when all the slots are filled with the best players available that really doesn’t leave a lot of cash laying around to pay for backups to ride the bench and hold a clipboard.
So they look to find another Matt Cassel, Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, or Matt Flynn–maybe they should just look for a quarterback named “Matt” but instead they find Jim Sorgi–good tools, bad luck and Curtis Painter–great on paper, lousy on the field which brings me back to the “7 P’s.”
Bill Polian took the hit for the 2-14 season, so using hindsight somebody has to be responsible for the mistake, there has to be a reason, he simply didn’t plan properly. Don’t feel bad for him though, he’ll land on his feet, maybe even in nearby Chicago where he would be working with another Tony Dungy acolyte, Lovie Smith.
20/20 hindsight is always easy to use when looking for fault because the answers are already clear, there is no guessing and you can’t be wrong. The only problem is that it doesn’t make it any better, it just makes people feel worse. In the future lets keep our eyes on the prize, keep looking ahead, keep planning for what needs it the most, this year was a test that some of us failed, Lets not use hindsight anymore, lets look forward to next year and the bright future the Colts will have with whatever they do with the first draft pick.
Bleedin’ blue from Northwest Indiana.
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