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  1. Magic 8 Ball says, "Yes"
  2. Knowing only what we know now (that is, the season hasn't been played yet): #1 - ILB #2 - RG #3 - OLB #4 - CB #5 - TE
  3. I recommend, if you want to exchange written opinions about the Indianapolis Colts on the Indianapolis Colts message board, that you read the posts that share ideas. That just kinda how it works.
  4. TRich - Busted 1st rounder who we traded a 1st round pick for. The guy who drafted him is gone. Werner - Busted 1st rounder who is out of the league 3 years later. The guy who drafted him is gone. Grigson - The former GM of the Indianapolis Colts. He was fired for wasting valuable draft capital, bullying the subordinate leaders on his team, and being unaccountable for the culture he created. What does any of this have to do with Chuck? Look, I know we all come from diverse backgrounds and are all at different stages in our lives and livlihoods. Our personal and professional experiences all differ as much as we differ as humans from each other. And on a public discussion forum, its heard to know which viewpoint each is coming from. At my point in my life right now, I am a guy who builds large organizations - and I am telling you now that in my expert, professional opinion, it is very possible for a GM/Pres/CEO to create the kind of culture where other leaders in the organization are unable to succeed, even if they should otherwise be considered high-performers. The culture, environment, and leadership climate could have absolutely made it impossible for Chuck Pagano to win. Or, he might just be a poor coach. What we (you and I) do not know are what kind of instructions came from Grigson - it might have been like this, "You better pull out some trick play nonsense against the Patriots because I want to win. If you don't fool Bellicheck, you're fired, etc." - or - "You better show me some long range aerobatics with Luck and TY Hilton to start this game or else... etc". None of us on this forum KNOW what the climate was like coming from Grigson - but we have heard rumors and seen some clues. We all know it was bad enough to get Grigson fired but the Coaching staff stayed the same. So, I think it is fair to suggest that Chuck Pagano is still here for a couple of easy to understand reasons. Maybe one of these: 1. Irsay believes Grigson damaged Pagano. So, Pagano is still here to show if he is the guy Irsay thinks he still is. 2. Irsay wants to replace Chuck but can't find anyone who will take the job who might be better. 3. Irsay knows that constant regime change destroys organizations. Even an incremental upgrade from Pagano would be a set-back because constant change is not the path to greatness. 4. Ballard *actually* likes Pagano and would have chosen him if he were to do a coach search today. 5. Irsay needs money and can't afford to pay dead money to 2 former employees at the same time. 6. Irsay likes Pagano like the son he never had. they like to spend time at the Zoo together. But none of us really know. But some of us know how to build high performing teams (albeit, not necessarily in the NFL, for sure, but rather in Corporate America). And it is my opinion that Pagano is finally in a position to perform at his best (not someone else's worst). This season will tell us if Chcuk Pagano's best is good enough.
  5. No, he didn't. But it is possible, very possible, that Grigson's instructions complicated the ability for Pagano to make the 'smart' decisions. You and I will not ever know what kind of 'meddling' Grigson was capable of and we will not ever know what expectations and culture were heaped on Pagano by his former boss. We just will never know. What we DO know is: Chuck Pagano has yet to have a losing season Chuck Pagano has one of the best starting records of any head coach in NFL history including Bill Belichick Chuck Pagano is well liked by his players Chris Ballard has already said he likes Chuck Pagano as head coach and there are no plans to fire him Pagano was retained as the head coach of the Colts even when a new GM was brought on board. I think we have a great opportunity to actually, finally see Chuck Pagano's real ability this year. For the good, or the bad. But I think he is positioned to finally show growth...
  6. Brian Decker might just be the most exiting thing to me from this off season.
  7. In organizations, it is generally a poor idea to keep a demoted former leader. If it is not a good fit, you cut ties.
  8. That is a certainty. And his 'poor' performance last season will only accelerate that.
  9. Is there concern with his fumbles - will he lose his job before he gets a chance to do anything? Or is this something than can be taught?
  10. Then you and I agree. No playoff success, no Chuck... The difference is, I have no doubts that this is a far more likely outcome this year than many others on this board. With Grigson's ego out of the building, Chuck might finally be able to blossom (which means, the rest of the Colts will as well). But the best part - we all get to enjoy the show, one way or another!
  11. We can all see the result of the past 5 years - but what none of us know is what amount of 'blame' Grigson is responsible for. Was it all Grigson? Was it Pagano? We know the roster was horrible. Laughable even? We know the team performed poorly sometimes and brilliantly other times. We also think we know there was a feud between Grigson and Pagano, but don't really know what about. Sure, we see snippets from time to time in the media, we hear rumors, and every now and then we get some amount of insight into the inner-workings. And we all get to hear and mock the ridiculous coach speak from Pagano's mouth. But none of us really know how Pagano conducts himself with players who are not performing and we don't know much of the mediocre depth chart Pagano made happen. How much is he accountable for? We just don't know. What we DO know is the situation was such that Irsay not only retained Pagano, but even went as far to publicly state that the new GM would not be able to change the head coach this year. Further, the new GM agreed to take this job knowing that he was stuck with Pagano. Maybe he is just waiting until next year, but he seems to be okay with Pagano so far. What we have learned about Chris Ballard is he does his homework and he thinks through his decisions. And he decided it was a good situation to come the Indianapolis with Pagano as the coach. It is my opinion that the organization believes Pagano was done wrong in a hostile work environment and has real upside - otherwise he would not still be here. So, the rest of us get to spectate this year wondering what will happen. But I am optimistic.
  12. I understand the point you are making - it is a good one. The question becomes - "Does Chuck Pagano really parent the competition culture authored by Chris Ballard?" I have an opinion - I think yes and I believe the issue was and always was Ryan Grigson's ego about who he selected (they must play) and who got credit when he was correct. We will all find out, together... However, point of order: Competition does not equal discomfort. A player who is working the hardest and is succeeding, because of the competition, can remove discomfort as they best the crucible. Competition creates comfortable warriors who fight for one another. the ones who fail are the uncomfortable ones. So, they fight to seek the comfort of success.
  13. Wait, Wut?
  14. I also believe the OLine is close. But that doesn't change the fact that I would take a stud Right Guard in the first round without even second guessing the decision. #InAHeartBeat
  15. And to make the original poster's point, each of those positions are deep in this draft. What I think the poster is saying is - we have already (on paper, for sure) upgraded from the personnel who were employed in the 30th ranked defense from last year and STILL have a very promising draft to fill in the missing links this year. He is saying, I think, that with a few of those pieces, we win a couple of those squeakers that we missed last year. All of a sudden, we're not 8-8, we're 12-4. Not becasue the team magically became elite, but becasue the pieces that were holding us just behind where we needed to be have been upgraded. I am not holding out for the #1 or #2 seed that he mentions, but I do believe with a few more pieces that are easily within our reach we are winning 10 or 11 games, and that should certainly be enough to get into the playoffs. And getting to the playoffs is enough because ANYTHING can happen in the post season. In the playoffs, everyone is a contender.

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