Season's over, so time to evaluate some positives.
1. Luck. Obviously this is the first and foremost positive. He's still capable of playing at an elite level, and proved last season was an aberration. We need to put more pieces around him so he doesn't have to win a game on his own, which he's perfectly capable of.
2. Oline. Started slow, but they're growing. I'm optimistic and here's why: very young oline with a lot of rookies and inexperience. Most of the mistakes seem mental. Our run game has improved in the 2nd half of the season. And although Luck got sacked a lot, it's been a matter of extremes. He either gets a lot of time in the pocket or no time at all it seems to me, and given we're an offense that has Luck hold the ball for the 3rd longest time in the pocket, I choose to see optimism in our O line men.
3. Individual accolades: Gore still has it. Turbin's a valuable asset. Tight ends might be our best position group. Rogers has great potential. Todman's our return guy. TY's still a stud. Geathers might be our best player on D. Pound cake seems to have some potential. Our LBs miss tackles a lot, but when they hit, boy they hit hard. The nasty mindset is there, but talent and technique is not.
Why it makes sense not to fire Grigson.. yet: The 4 year extension given by Irsay marked a change in philosophy. Focus on the trenches, be more prudent in FA. I think he's done that for this season. IMO, these past 2 seasons have seen good contributions from the draft, apart from dorsett and green. FA has produced Turbin, and pat robinson who's missed too much time to evaluate. We've also gotten Akeem ayers, some serviceable corners, devin street, etc. I won't venture to say he's fixed the oline, but I truly believe with time, they could be a top 10 group at current rate of development. I'd say let him have 1 more defensive draft and free agency where he can spend on an impact free agent or two. If we don't make the playoffs next year, he gone.
I just don't want a replacement to go through growing pains, and waste more of Luck's career growing on the job.
As for keeping pagano.. I really can't come up with reasons, sorry. He's cost us the playoffs this season. Almost single-handedly.