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    Colts GM Ryan Grigson named exec of the year

    Not bad for starters.

    First-year Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was named NFL Executive of the Year today by the Sporting News. He edged Denver Broncos general manager John Elway on the basis of a 9-8 vote by a panel of executives and coaches assembled by the magazine.

    Grigson, 40, had earlier been named executive of the year by Pro Football Writers/Pro Football Weekly, but the Sporting News honor, dating to 1955, is recognized as the preeminent award.


    Previous winners include George Halas, Dan Rooney, Jim Finks, George Young, Ron Wolf and Grigson's predecessor with the Colts, Bill Polian.

    Grigson called their company "humbling." He said the award is "a byproduct of winning." He deflected credit to his lieutenant, Tom Telesco, who since has left to become San Diego Chargersgeneral manager, their staff, team owner Jim Irsay and COO Pete Ward.

    "It's a collective effort," said Grigson, who on Jan. 11, 2012, succeeded Polian, the Colts' fired vice chairman. "I can't say enough about my staff and those around me, especially the coaches.

    "My staff put together a list of names. We looked under every rock known to man, but if we didn't have coaches who believed in us and believed in what we were doing and in developing young talent, then we would have never realized our ceiling on the field this year."

    Grigson's first draft acquired quarterback Andrew Luck, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill and running back Vick Ballard in the first six rounds. All became front-line contributors to a surprising 11-5 season that carried the youthful, injury-wracked Colts to the playoffs.

    It was Grigson who selected Chuck Pagano as coach and recommended him to Irsay. It was Grigson's and Pagano's joint decision that made offensive coordinator Bruce Arians interim coach while Pagano was on indefinite leave for treatment of life-threatening leukemia. The Arians-led Colts went 9-3 in Pagano's absence.

    Salary cap constraints forced the release of a wave of stars, including quarterback Peyton Manning, tight end Dallas Clark, linebacker Gary Brackett, running back Joseph Addai and safety Melvin Bullitt.

    With $38 million in dead money, bonuses paid to players like those above but not yet counted against the salary cap, it was like Grigson was a player at a $120 million poker game with only $82 million to ante.


    He built through the draft and a rush of low-cost trades, second- and third-level free agency signings and waiver acquisitions. He signed Canadian Football League linebacker Jerrell Freeman to a reserve/futures contract in January. Freeman emerged as a sideline-to-sideline star. He started 16 games and led the Colts in tackles.

    Grigson and his staff constantly shuffled the roster to deal with injuries. Players like tackle Bradley Sowell, tight end Weslye Saunders, defensive end Lawrence Guy, outside linebacker Jamaal Westerman and kick returner Deji Karim were signed on Tuesday and on the field on Sunday.

    It was quite a season, just for starters.
    http://www.indystar.com/article/2013...Executive-Year

    Well deserved for Grigson. I thought he was the only correct choice to win this award.
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    So well deserved. What he did with so much turnover is truly incredible.


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    Gotta give it to him. Had the balls to take Luck with the #1 pick. Brilliant.

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    Great job and congrats to Grigson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OREcoast49er View Post
    Gotta give it to him. Had the balls to take Luck with the #1 pick. Brilliant.
    lol you obviously didn't read about what he had to deal with when it came to the salary cap. He also did a good job with the coaching staff.
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    Whoever is running things up in Washington should have won the award.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OREcoast49er View Post
    Gotta give it to him. Had the balls to take Luck with the #1 pick. Brilliant.
    Exactly Elway was robbed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VJ24 View Post
    Whoever is running things up in Washington should have won the award.
    The same guy that almost ruined RGlll's career!!

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    Seahawks fans are coming soon.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chucky Woods View Post
    Seahawks fans are coming soon.....
    he got russell wilson in R3!@#@!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormSizedMidget View Post
    he got russell wilson in R3!@#@!!!!!!!
    Well he did and a pro bowl caliber MLB in round 2, and the rookie sack leader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormSizedMidget View Post
    he got russell wilson in R3!@#@!!!!!!!
    Lol, but props to Grigson great turnaround.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexander_37 View Post
    Well he did and a pro bowl caliber MLB in round 2, and the rookie sack leader.
    He drafted 7 GOATs. We know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormSizedMidget View Post
    He drafted 7 GOATs. We know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexander_37 View Post
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    How many UDFAGOATS?

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