The Indianapolis Colts are in the midst of yet another disappointing season. At 6-7 on the year, they are pretty much done in the AFC Playoff race. The team would have to win out and potentially get some help to earn a trip to the postseason.
Despite this, and a year removed from changes seeming imminent, Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn’t “anticipate” making any changes to the organization.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 14, 2016
Yes, this means both head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson are likely to return for the 2017 season.
It really is a shocking situation to look at. The Colts had an excuse after finishing last season with an 8-8 mark. After all, franchise quarterback Andrew Luck missed nine games to injury.
That hasn’t been the case thus far in 2016. While Luck himself has been banged up, he’s started all but one game on the season.
Instead, the issue here seems to be two-fold. First off, the Colts lack the necessary all-around talent to help Luck build a playoff team. It’s been that way for the better part of the past two seasons. And in reality, Grigson is to primarily blame for this. On the field, there’s not a single objective analyst out there who doesn’t believe Pagano is out-coached on a consistent basis.
When you add these things together, a losing record becomes more likely.
Indianapolis is set to take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in pretty much an elimination game for both teams. We’ll see if Irsay changes his tune should Indy come out on the short end of the stick there.