This season hasn't exactly gone as planned for the Indianapolis Colts, as they entered the season with Super Bowl hopes and expectations and are now 3-4 without a win against a non-division opponent. And after a 27-21 loss on Sunday to the New Orleans Saints, a team with the worst defense in the NFL entering week seven, things may just be getting worse. The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos are up next, and then after the bye week looms the Atlanta Falcons.
The frustration is evident with the Colts. So much so that, after the game on Sunday, general manager Ryan Grigson and owner Jim Irsay had a heated exchange in the locker room, according to the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer. Writing about how a lot of the Colts' players are not playing to their potential and the team is not as good as expected, Keefer wrote this:
It's what led to a heated conversation between owner Jim Irsay and General Manager Ryan Grigson in the locker room after the game. It's what led to their desperate coach, Chuck Pagano — whose seat seems to be warming by the minute — giving an impassioned postgame speech to his players. It's what has led to a Super Bowl contender being below .500 seven games into the season.
What does it mean? Not much, by itself. But it helps show that the frustration is reaching a boiling point and that the Colts are desperate for answers. How do they fix them? No one seems to be able to figure that out. Jim Irsay is not happy with the way the season has gone. Ryan Grigson is not happy with the way the season has gone. Chuck Pagano, the players, and everyone else aren't happy with the way the season has gone. With a bunch of frustrated people, there is bound to be some disagreements.
With Irsay and Grigson, however, it's beginning to become more and more clear that Ryan Grigson is fighting for his job just as much as Chuck Pagano is. This hasn't just been a poor season, it has been an awful one. The talent that Grigson brought in that was supposed to help hasn't. Trent Cole has been, for the most part, invisible. The same thing with Andre Johnson. Phillip Dorsett hasn't had a huge impact on the offense. The offensive line has still struggled. Some of the moves that Grigson made (or didn't make) have led to these issues, and while that wasn't the main reason for the loss on Sunday, it hasn't helped things this season. Sure, give him credit for some of the ones that he's hit on (like Frank Gore, Henry Anderson, Kendall Langford), but overall many of the issues remain for the Colts.
Chuck Pagano's job status is in serious, serious doubt. Ryan Grigson's is as well, and that has led to frustration. That frustration boiled over to a "heated confrontation" between Grigson and owner Jim Irsay in the locker room today, according to a report. Don't make too much of it, but let it illustrate the situation that the Colts are in right now. It's a mess, and it could lead to both Grigson and Pagano paying for it at the end of the season.