Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson reportedly interfered with Chuck Pagano and the coaching staff on a frequent basis, according to Bob Kravitz of WTHR.
One of the worst-kept secrets in the NFL is the shaky relationship between Ryan Grigson and Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. Everyone knows that they cannot get along. Some further details about the contentious relationship have been revealed, and it does not make Ryan Grigson look very good at all. It makes him seem like an overbearing executive.
Ryan Grigson is said to have forced Chuck Pagano into playing Trent Richardson because he does not want the rest of the NFL to think that he made a really bad trade for his team.
Whenever Chuck Pagano wanted to discipline certain players, Ryan Grigson would often step in and prevent him from doing so, which made him seem like the good guy with players. There are also allegations that Ryan Grigson forced former offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton on Chuck Pagano. The belief is that Grison wanted Hamilton to be the next head coach.
Unfortunately for Chuck Pagano, there does not appear to be much that he can do to keep his job as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He’s losing the long battle to Ryan Grigson.
There are reports surfacing that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has decided to let Chuck Pagano walk away after the season, according to ESPN. Pagano’s contract is expiring.
Fortunately for Chuck Pagano, he has a good reputation around the NFL. Everyone knows that he understands the game of football, so he will definitely be given another chance soon. Chuck Pagano may need to rebuild his name and reputation after his rocky stint with the Indianapolis Colts, so accepting a defensive coordinator position could help him do just that.
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher has become a hot head coaching candidate. If he leaves, then Chuck Pagano can reunite with former assistant Bruce Arians.
A return to the Baltimore Ravens is another possibility for Chuck Pagano, as he has a good relationship with John Harbaugh. Pagano was the defensive coordinator for the Ravens.
While it seems very likely that Chuck Pagano will no longer be the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, that does not mean that Ryan Grigson has completely won the heated battle. There’s a chance that the Indianapolis Colts could still fire Ryan Grigson, as Jim Irsay might leave that up to whoever he hires as the next head coach. They might want their own guy.
For example, if Jim Irsay is fascinated with the offensive scheme ran by Chip Kelly and thinks that he can help Andrew Luck become a bigger star, he might just give him full control. As many within the Philadelphia Eagles organization can attest to, Chip Kelly is not an easy head coach to get along with. He would more than likely butt heads with Ryan Grigson.
If the New York Giants fire Tom Coughlin and he does not want to retire, then the Indianapolis Colts might give him a chance. Perhaps his leadership can help bring another title. Since Tom Coughlin is old school, he does not seem like the type of person that would allow Ryan Grigson to tell him who to play. Jim Irsay might have to choose sides in that case.
If the Indianapolis Colts fire Ryan Grigson, then it might be his last general manager job in the NFL, as owners do not want an executive that will scare off potential head coaches.
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