A lot of questions and concerns have been posted about the Colts bringing Chud into the organization. I totally get it, what does a special assistant to the head coach actually do? It sounds like a job given to someone's less than accomplished son-in-law. Or, maybe it would be the response from some guy named "Tony Soprono" if he were asked, What job did the union representative get for you? "I'm the new special assistant to the head coach." It's a pretty unspecific title, and since the position didn't exist until he was hired it makes you wonder... What will he be doing? Why was he hired? How will this impact Hamilton as the team goes forward? Does this signal something down the road that is unknown to outsiders not in upper mangagement?
Here is an idea, and I hope I'm right. Maybe Chud was brought in to teach Pagano and Hamilton how to game prep and manage in-game situations because he desperately needs someone to help him.
From all accounts Chuck Pagano is a great guy. No one can question his heart and character. His players love him, he has a good relationship with the media, fans like him as person and still respect him as a head coach. But, under his leadership the team comes out of the locker room unprepared to play the game. That's on him. But, we have to take into account that this was his first full season as a head coach in the NFL. Replacing him at this point seems counter productive, unless the management has lost all confidence in his ability to improve as a head coach.
Likewise, Hamilton is new as an OC in the NFL but the offense has shown a serious lack of production in the first half of football games. He hasn't gotten a pass and he has been given time to improve, but who in the Colts organization can tutor him? Like Pagano, Hamilton is liked and respected by his players, so sending him packing at this point seems premature and ill adivised.
So, what I'm wondering is, did Grigson (a guy who has to feel like his collar is a litte tight right now too) recognize the positives that Pagano and Hamiltion have but also knows that they needed help to improve? Did Grigson see that only two years after blowing up the team was too soon to wreak havoc on the organization once again? Think about it, Manning went down and the team went 3-13. Manning was released, the coaching staff fired, a new GM was brought in and a new franchise qb was drafted. Familiar fan favorites were let go and the fans were promised a long rebuilding process. But, instead of the long process the Colts went to the playoffs, twice. So, instead of rushing to push the team back to square one, perhaps help was brought in. Did Grigson put Pagano on notice: Did he tell Pagano to go get help?
Despite all of the regular season wins and the production of Andrew Luck this team still has a long way to go. Chud has experience, and while there are questions about his ability as a head coach and as an offensive coordinatior, his work as a game planner seems to have been strong. He has a good relationship with Pagano and that will be important if I'm right about why he is here. If I'm correct this is a good hire, if I'm wrong then I really can't think of a good reason to bring him in. I guess we will find out when they kick it off for the first time in the 2014 regular season.