The Colts are getting their general manager search underway as they’re looking for the replacement to Ryan Grigson, who was fired this weekend.
We know that one of the candidates will be Colts VP of football operations Jimmy Raye III, but Jim Irsay described the search as an “extensive process” that will include other people as well. Irsay said that he had a list of guys and that he could add to that list as well.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Irsay will interview 4-5 GM candidates and some of those interviews will take place in Mobile this week at the Senior Bowl. Rapoport also said to “expect to see plenty of familiar faces from the 49ers search.”
It makes sense for Irsay to conduct several interviews this week in Mobile since a number of prominent figures from the league’s scouting and personnel world will be in attendance. It’s possible that Irsay’s move to fire Grigson on Saturday could have been at least in part prompted by the Senior Bowl coming up, meaning that he wanted to have a decision in place by this week.
Regarding the GM opening, however, it sounds like it will be a highly sought-after position among many around the NFL. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that the job “is very desirable” and that he’s had many people in the league reach out to him trying to get in touch with Jim Irsay.
That’s similar to what the USA Today’s Tom Pelissero said on Saturday, as he said that this job is “the one pretty much every prospective general manager had been eyeing for two years now.” It’s not hard to figure out why: Andrew Luck. Pelissero mentioned that people like Nick Caserio (Patriots), Eliot Wolf (Packers), Brian Gutekunst (Packers), Trent Kirchner (Seahawks), George Paton (Vikings), and Scott Pioli (Falcons) are among the guys who “figure to be in play.”
So far we haven’t heard any other names besides Raye confirmed to be interviewing with the Colts, but it should be expected that the Colts will have the opportunity to talk with a number of the top GM candidates around the league if they choose. After all, there are a lot of personnel people who would love the chance to be able to guide the franchise that already has a young franchise quarterback in place. That’s the hardest piece of the puzzle to put together, so it would make sense why many would covet this job.
Because of that, Irsay should make sure to make this a truly extensive and open search. Though Raye is probably the frontrunner right now, the fact that the Colts’ job is so desirable to others around the NFL should make Irsay truly consider his options and conduct a thorough search. The good news is that he should have plenty of those options to choose from.