Ryan Grigson, former Director of Personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles, has flown the coop. He has accepted the GM position with the Indianapolis Colts, which was left vacant after Indy Jim Irsay fired vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, GM Chris Polian last week on Black Monday.
Grigson’s name began appearing in the press last week when he was reported as a leading candidate in the GM search for the St. Louis Rams.
Though most Eagles fans know little about Grigson, Delco Times beat writer Bob Grotz described him on Twitter as being general manager Howie Roseman’s “right hand man.”
As it turns out, Philadelphia fans aren’t the only ones who don’t know much about Grigson. He was not well-known among this town’s beat writers, either.
Les Bowen of the Daily News had this to say about Grigson:
I know the Eagles value his scouting expertise very highly, he rose steadily through the ranks over nine seasons, after being hired as a Western scout.
Grigson leaves the Eagles after being with the team for nine years, four of which were as the team’s college scouting director. He was named as director of personnel in 2010.
The Colts made the official announcement about Grigson at 4 pm EST. Howie Roseman issued this statement about the move:
“Although we will miss Ryan personally and professionally we could not be happier for him. He has been a great advisor to me and somebody I have leaned on to bounce ideas off of many times over my career. He leaves no stone left unturned in his efforts to find good players and we were lucky to have him here in Philadelphia. In addition to his skills as a talent evaluator, we can’t say enough about Ryan as a person. He is one of the best family men I have come across in the NFL and we wish he, Cynthia and his children all the best.”
The departure of the individual who was the head of college scouting 3 months ahead of the draft? And with a clear need for smart draft choices in key positions, like linebacker this year?
The path to succession for Grigson’s now vacant post with the Eagles is murky at best. If the Eagles promote from within, than a logical choice may be Anthony Patch, assistant director of college scouting.
Among his very first duties in Indianapolis will be to draft Peyton Manning’s successor and decide if he will do the unthinkable and allow Manning, the league’s only 4-time MVP to become a free agent.
God bless. That will make enduring the whole dream team thing seem like a cake walk.