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Report: Jim Irsay “very unhappy;” Colts coaches fear change is coming

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We’re starting 2017 the same way we started 2016: with questions and speculation swirling regarding the Indianapolis Colts.

The questions are mainly about whether Colts owner Jim Irsay will make changes and fire general manager Ryan Grigson and/or head coach Chuck Pagano. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, those changes may very well be coming soon.

Schefter reports that those close to Irsay say that he’s been “very unhappy” with how the Colts have been doing for weeks, and that coaches have expressed fear this past week that changes will be coming. What’s unclear, Schefter wrote, is whether those changes will extend to Ryan Grigson or whether it’s just Chuck Pagano’s job that’s in jeopardy - but he said that “those in the Colts organization are bracing for change.”

Basically, it sounds like the coaches expect a change to be made, which is strikingly similar to last year’s situation where the coaches expected the same thing. It’s impossible to predict what Jim Irsay will do, but it does sound like he’s going to make some changes. He knows that the current state of this team is unacceptable, so the question is what changes he thinks are necessary to right the ship.

It’s been assumed since last January that Pagano and Grigson are tied together, and that they’d either work it out together or be fired together. So we’ll have to see whether that proves true or whether Irsay simply makes one of the two moves. If Schefter’s report is to be believed, however, change will be coming in Indianapolis, and those within the organization - namely, the coaches - know it. It will be an interesting Monday with the Colts, indeed.