A popular discussion among Colts fans and fans of every NFL team is about how the general manager and head coach of the team are doing. For the Colts, you'll find a number of differing opinions about the jobs that Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano are doing.
NFL.com's Adam Schein recently ranked the best GM and head coach duos in the NFL, and he had Grigson and Pagano on the list at number six.
Grigson gets dinged for whiffing on the Trent Richardson trade, but he's had strong drafts. Plus, the Vontae Davis acquisition, initially mocked in some circles, has provided excellent returns. Pagano is a very good head coach who consistently puts his team in position to win. The Colts have gone 11-5 with a playoff bid every season since these two were hired in 2012.
The only duos ahead of the one in Indianapolis were the Cardinals' Steve Keim and Bruce Arians (number one), the Ravens' Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh (two), the Seahawks' John Schneider and Pete Carroll (three), the Packers' Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy (four), and the Saints' Micky Loomis and Sean Payton (five).
I would have put the Seahawks' duo number one and then Keim and Arians number two, but either way, it's a fun list to look at. Colts fans will likely disagree with Grigson and Pagano being so high on the list, but the way that the national media sees it is that these two men led the Colts from a 2-14 season in 2011 to a playoff season in 2012, and the team has made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, has won two division titles, and last year made the AFC Championship game. Those results are hard to argue with. Some of the decisions and skills of the GM and head coach, however, can be argued with.
Here's the thing though: maybe this helps show just how hard it is to get a good general manager and a good head coach paired up together. Some of the duos at the top of the list are very good, but overall it's not too strong throughout the league. So before saying the Colts' duo is too high, consider what that's compared against. Neither Ryan Grigson nor Chuck Pagano will ever be among the best at their job in the NFL, but the results they've accomplished on the field are hard to argue with and I don't think it's a huge stretch to say that this ranking is close to being accurate.
What are your thoughts on where the duo of Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano should rank?