JMO, but as a fan I don't understand how someone can watch their team and hope they lose. Losing now does not guaranty success later.
Been a diehard fan for 45 years. Sunday's game ripped my heart out, but I'll still be cheering them on vs Titans. Just enjoy each game on its own.
Let Irsay and Colts management worry about the long term goals of the team.
He wasn't the reason we won the Colts SB, two journeymen running backs and Bob Sanders led D won that. And he's not the reason Denver won their SB. Their Defense won that game. Manning was heinous most of that season and many thought Osweiler, who got them past NE in the Reg season giving them home field for Manning, should have remained QB. But, Manning IS a big part of the story of the two SB losses.
It's bad but I don't think where it ranks historically with bad Colts defenses really matters. All teams have times in their franchise where the defense was terrible. The current Steelers D is probably one of the worst considering how good they've usually been in the past. Bottom line is regardless of the numbers and where it ranks all time in Colts history, this defense is horrible and needs to be fixed.
You only get excused for missing when you win a lot. And by win I mean Suoerbowls, playoff wins, and conferences. Polian's Bills went to multiple Superbowls and his Colts won the big one and enjoyed a much longer streak of winning seasons than Grigson did. Granted it's only year 5 for him, but that point is just for the people he keep bringing up the 11-5 seasons. But Polian got criticized for not winning more Super Bowls with Peyton, because like Grigson he didn't put a great team around him later because like you said, Polian whiffed on some drafts. Once the allure of winning that Super Bowl wore off that's when his flaws really became apparent. Especially because he had a top tier QB.
Grigson is rightfully criticized for his failures because the Colts haven't been to or won a Super Bowl yet and and are about to be 2 years removed from their last winning season.
It wasn't taken out of context. He made a damage controlling statement about the failure of the defense and tried to weasel around how bad some of his early drafts were. He first started by admitting he missed on some picks which is good, but then later on he says "When you pay Andrew what we payed him it's going to take some time to put talent on the other side of the ball".
in reality the two things are related. It's not about nor having money for FAs more. It's about missing in the draft for the 4 years he was on a rookie contract. What he should have said was "Because we've missed on picks while he was on his rookie contract, it's going to take time to build up the other side of the ball now that he's got a huge contract".
Grigson knew exactly what he was saying. He didn't want to admit that he failed to put a good team around Luck while he was cheap, and now they have to do it with limited room for FAs. His statement was a protected one made to look like he's taking ownership of his faults when he really didn't. From the article it's clear to say that the overly enthusiastic Colts fans are the only ones he's fooling.