Colts fans need to take a deep breath and relax

March 15, 2012
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As the NFL free agency season opened Tuesday, Colts supporters let out a collective sigh of resignation. Another key player, 26-year-old Pierre Garcon, was gone—this time to Washington.

As Tuesday and Wednesday wore on, Colts fans breathed a sigh of relief. You could almost feel the breeze from the collective “phew” let out as the Colts announced they retained wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

On Wednesday, the Colts announced they nabbed free agent defensive end Cory Redding. Again, the Horseshoe Kingdom appeared to breath a little easier.

It seems that every move—whether it’s cutting tight end Dallas Clark or dangling defensive end Dwight Freeney as trade bait—is a referendum on the new leadership duo of Colts owner Jim Irsay and General Manager Ryan Grigson.

Even the release of Peyton Manning is largely being judged in a vacuum.

But to be fair, fans have to give Grigson and Irsay time to build the machine they have made blue prints to construct. There are a lot of moving parts to an NFL football team—53 on the player side alone—and to judge each zig and zag individually is wrong-headed.

I’m not saying Grigson and Irsay have been right or wrong in anything they’ve done. I’m simply saying it’s too early to tell, and examining each piece individually won’t give fans a complete picture—and might not even make sense to those uninitiated with the blueprint.

We assume here that Irsay and Grigson do have a blueprint. Given his periodic ramblings it might appear Irsay is in fact a mad scientist. But until he has more time to fly out from under the wing of Bill Polian, let’s assume there’s a method to Irsay’s madness.

Any NFL GM worth his salt will tell you it takes a minimum of two drafts and two free agency periods to build the foundations for team success. Then it takes about half of that next season to see what gels.

By that logic, Colts fans and followers should know a lot more about the architectural and execution skills of Irsay and Grigson around Thanksgiving of 2013.

Until then, every move is just a piece in the puzzle, difficult to recognize for what it is and impossible to evaluate for what it will or won’t accomplish when it rests alongside the other pieces.

  • Strategy
    Most coverage talks about the Colts releasing Peyton. I think Peyton and Jim realized that even with Peyton 100% the Colts are not going to a Super Bowl in the next 2 years and that is all the time Peyton has to get there. Peyton wants to go to a team that can be a Super Bowl contender in the short term.
  • Time to give up on the Colts...
    Colts owner Jim Irsay has trully become his father and that is not a compliment. His father moved the Colts over money. Really Jim you could not pay the $28 million? It is the house Peyton built not Jim built.

    I look forward to following Peyton, Garcon, Clark and others. I have no plans to watch or support the Colts any longer.
  • colts
    Good riddance to Garcon....never could count on him to make the catch. No tears.
    • All our eggs are in one basket
      What the heck will we do if Andrew Luck got hit by a bus tomorrow(God forbid)? What if he hurts himself in the first game? Backup quarterback anyone? And is the City going to have an event to thank Peyton for all he's given to the City, the game, his fans, etc? Come on folks!
    • Re: Bryan
      Adios Bryan. We don't need fans like you anyways. It's a business. Businesses make unpopular decisions all of the time. Nothing new.
    • Look in the mirror people!
      I am a COLTS fan, and I will continue to be a COLTS fan in the post-Peyton era, but I am amazed and disappointed to see how much negative energy is being displayed by so many over the necessary transformation of our football team. This is just ENTERTAINMENT people! - not the birth or death of a family member or a friend. Rest assured, the folks whose lives have been turned upside-down by the recent tornados in southern Indiana and surrounding areas, or those who have lost jobs in this horrible economy, are worried about things that really matter... so please quit whining about changes to the COLTS roster and focus your time and energy on things that are important... and GO COLTS!
    • Amen brother!
      A relief to not have to watch PG drop another critical 3rd down conversion and change momentum for the worst.

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