Ryan Grigson wasn’t the most popular person, either with the Colts or around the NFL.
In particular, the New England Patriots don’t seem very fond of Grigson, and for good reason: after all, it was Grigson who first instigated Deflategate by reporting that there were irregularities with the Patriots’ footballs. In his defense Grigson was simply doing his job, but he became a figurehead of the Deflategate mess that Patriots fans view as the NFL out to get the team and Grigson taking part in it. Grigson was an even easier target because of the fact that the Colts lost 45-7 in that AFC Championship game to the Patriots after the 2014 season.
So with Grigson having been fired yesterday, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft was asked about the move on his pregame radio show today. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Kraft initially dodged the question, but then said, "That game might have been Ryan's pinnacle, I don't know."
Grigson, of course, was fired on Saturday after missing the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. The Patriots are playing tonight in the AFC Championship game looking to go to their second Super Bowl in three years. It looks like the Patriots got the last laugh in the Deflategate saga, but they don’t seem to have particularly warm feelings for Ryan Grigson. And you know what? Kraft’s actually right about that AFC Championship game being Grigson’s pinnacle with the Colts (well, technically winning the divisional game the week before). It’s been all downhill since then. And that’s quite deflating for the Colts and their fans.