Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:10 AM
Early on, I doubted Irsay on if he was making the right decision, but I knew he was making the right choices to change the franchise and make it dominant again.
It all started with the hiring of Ryan Grigson. Grigson should be the front runner for GM of the Year. He decided to gut the coaching staff and the roster. Even if that meant that Peyton had to go. Now Grigson has brought in a good chunk of the successful parts of the team. Resigning Wayne, signing guys like Avery, McGlynn, Satele, Shipley, Justice, Redding, Freeman, Butler, Zbikowski.
Then the coaching staff. You have Chuck Pagano who is the motivator, the father figure, the family man as the head coach. Bruce Arians as the teacher of Luck, who uses a lot of formations to confuse defenses. Greg Manusky has the toughest job in teaching guys like Mathis, Freeney, Hughes, Mookie, Moala, Angerer, Connor, Powers, and Bethea a completely new defense and sometimes it has worked with varied success. Injuries made it even harder for Manusky.
Luck and the rest of this years draft class is the best I have seen in a while. Luck, Hilton, Fleener, Allen, Brazil, and Ballard all look like quality starters for our offense in years to come. Next year we can find out about Chapman, Fugger, and Anderson.
Some of the vets have played well. Reggie is the best player on the team right now. Consistently, game in and game out he plays a heck of a game. Castonzo looks better & better each and every game and is the only player on the O-line who hasn't missed time. Mathis has transitioned well to his new position.
Irsay knew when he needed to change things and boy, results came in quick.
“Pressure is something you feel when you don't know what the heck you're doing.”- Peyton Manning