I did 2 blogs about Grigson in the offseason and wanted to do an updated version with all the talk about is he or isn't he..............and as much as I have really tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, it's getting harder and harder......
A look at the free agent signings during his era ( some were aquired via trade) I have broke it down into 3 categories....Good-Ok-Not good
2012: Good: Redding
Not good: Zbikowski
2013: Good: Hasselback
Not good: Richardson
2014: Good: D. Jackson
Ok: A. Jones
Not good: Nicks
2015: Good: Gore
not good: Cole
A few things have stood out to me......We have only signed 1 impact player, there are some really good players, but the only true difference maker was Davis. Each year it has gotten a little harder, but the first year and second year there a surplus of money to spend and Grigson did not take advantage of that.
The number of signings have gone way down, partly because each year,the amount of money available has gone down, the quality of the players has gone up, the quanity...down
To be fair, not every player that was signed was expected to be a difference maker, some were signed to add depth. Some of the players, it's too early to really tell what impact they are going to have, so I tried to give an honest opinion on them. Sometimes injuries have held players back, that is not anybodies fault, it's just part of the game. The first 2 years are the key , when money was available and many players were signed, most of which had very little impact. We have to give credit where it is due and there have been some very good players added as well. I do feel Grigson has done an average job, to this point, maybe a little better, but the bottom line is..................for this team to get where they want to go, he needs to be better...before this year started I was sort of in the middle.....is he good enough, or not......after the first 4 games, I am leaning (heavily) in the direction of,he is not. and as I have said many times, it's only going to get harder, going forward, every move, every decision is going to be magnified and the margin for error-very small. When we first got him, I didn't know much about him, from what I read and heard, I thought he really had the makeup to be very good and had high expectations, I also believe he was given a chance to succeed in an ideal situation, with a franchise QB there to be had and a surplus of money to spend, in hindsight, the lack of production in those first few years has really kept this team from becoming the monster they wanted it to be. Great G.M.'s are few and far between and good or bad or somewhere in between, he could be worse, there are plenty of teams out there who have G.M.'s that really have no shot of taking a team to a championship. This team has been successfull with Grigson and will continue to have success, just really not very confident they will fulfill their potential, with him calling the shots.