Re: Colts Still in Denial Over Trent Richardson
posted at 2/23/2014 1:33 PM EST
Grigson is overrated as a GM. Mindless Colt lovers like Gomez, a/k/a UD6, a/k/a The Dog(gggggg) will come here and spout that Grigson won the Sporting News "Executive of the Year" in 2012, as proof that he is a great GM. But, when examining the job Grigson did in 2012, was it really that great? Sure, the Colts went from a 2-14 worst team in the league to an 11-5 playoff team in one year. But, why did that happen? Was it the brilliance of Grigson, or was it the fact that the Colts were able to draft the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning, in Andrew Luck?
No Grigson skill or luck brough Luck to the Colts. Tanking the 2011 season did that. It was a no-brainer that Indy would select Luck as the #1 overall pick. It also helped Grigson that he had the first pick in every round thereafter.
He is credited for adding several starters and/or contributors with his subsequent draft choices, such as TE Toby Fleener, TE Dwayne Allen, WR T.Y. Hilton (incidently, Hilton was the 92nd pick overall, for those of you who don't think a late third round pick is worth anything...the Pats took DE Jake Bequette at #90), and RB Vick Ballard (170th overall). He he further credited for acquiring CB Vontae Davis for a 2nd round pick, and adding some decent free agents to bolster his roster.
Sorry...but big deal. The Colts were the worst team in the NFL. Is it that hard to find players who are improvements over what the Colts hasd in 2011? Let's face it, the team turned around from worst to an 11-5 record primary due to the brilliance of rookie QB, Andrew Luck.
While I credit Grigson for having guts enough to pull off a major trade, trading his first round pick in 2014 for a RB who wasn't cutting it on another club made no sense. Nor am I relying on hindsight. I criticized the Richardson deal at the time it was consumated. Y'all may recall the spirited back and forth I had with Gomez at the time the trade was made.