We’ve known for a while that Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano didn’t get along in Indianapolis. Their disagreement goes back several years, and it hadn’t really gotten much better after the two signed extensions last year.
It got to the point where, ultimately, Jim Irsay realized that he wasn’t going to be able to keep both of them around, so yesterday he fired Ryan Grigson. During his press conference to announce the move, Irsay mentioned that the team had done a lot of work trying to improve communication and the way people interact and had talked with a lot of people evaluating what they were doing.
Part of that, it turns out, was bringing in psychologists to try to improve the relationship between Pagano and Grigson, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning. Schefter wrote that the meetings were described as comparable to couples counseling in marriages as couples try to work out their issues with a third party.
That just helps to illustrate yet again how dysfunctional the relationship was between Grigson and Pagano, and it helps fans understand why Irsay felt it was the right move to make. As I wrote earlier today, there was more to the decision than simply the on-field moves, and Irsay came to the conclusion that things weren’t working and that Grigson was most to blame. The fact that it even got to the point where the team needed to bring in psychologists isn’t a good thing, but give the Colts credit for trying to figure out a way to make it work. Ultimately, though, Irsay had to have known that taking such drastic measures wasn’t a good sign, and that having to bring in psychologists in the first place suggested that things had gotten pretty ugly.
Irsay did realize that, and it’s why he made the move to fire Grigson yesterday. But the fact that it got to that point isn’t a good thing, and the more we hear the worse the relationship between Grigson and Pagano actually sounds.