Jim Irsay Denies Rift Between Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson after Loss to Bills
According to team owner Jim Irsay, there’s currently not a rift in the Indianapolis Colts organization between general manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano (via the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder):
"“That couldn’t be farther from the truth,” Irsay following his team’s loss per Holder. “Someone mentioned that to me when I walked in the locker room. I don’t keep track of the rumor mill. That could not be farther from the truth. Ryan and Chuck work hard together. They have a great relationship. I’ve seen coaches and general managers work together since I was 11 years old. I know the dynamic that needs to be there to work together. They have a great relationship.”“That report is completely false,” added Irsay. “I guarantee you. There is not one shred of truth to it at all, honestly. These guys have a great relationship. When I heard the report, I was as shocked as anyone. We have so many reports that go around the league these days with Twitter and all the different people who publish reports who are so-called journalists. Couldn’t be further from the truth.”"
While the discussion should really be centering around the team’s poor performance against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, an earlier report from CBS Sports Jason La Canfora has reignited controversy about significant friction among the team’s powers that be.
Sep 13, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson on the field before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
There’s been prior speculation that there’s been growing tension between Pagano and Grigson, and that this could ultimately be the former’s last season coaching the Colts if the team fails to make a Super Bowl appearance.
While Pagano hasn’t been perfect, there’s been blame to go all around among the Colts brass. The team was clearly outplayed, outcoached, and beat in every facet of the game Sunday by the Bills.
However, lingering concerns about the team’s offensive and defensive lines, as well as its overall one-sided offensive makeup have already carried over from last season.
Quite frankly, there’s a strong argument that fingers can be collectively pointed at both the coaching staff and management alike.
Still, it’s only Week 1, and there remains a lot of football left to be played for the Colts with much yet to be determined.
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