Colts GM Ryan Grigson claims the Colts can't build a solid defense because of Andrew Luck's expensive contract.
Colts GM Ryan Grigson has taken plenty of criticism for failing to build a team around the team's talented quarterback Andrew Luck, and the critics have only gotten louder this season with the Colts sitting at 1-3, already two games behind the Texans in the AFC South.
So today, despite all of that baggage, Grigson went on Jay Mohr's radio show and said some dumb things that validate the criticisms that he's completely inept at his job. He insisted that Andrew Luck, one of the few redeeming features of the entire team, is in fact at the root of the problem.
“When you have to tighten up, once you pay Andrew what we did, it’s going to take some time to build on the other side of the ball,” Grigson said, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star.
Before we delve into how awful of a statement this is, let's give it the benefit of the doubt first. Sure, it takes time to build a contender. Translating a player's value into actual dollars is a precarious task and splurging can certainly restrict your ability to spend in the future, but come on.
The problem here isn't money or cap space, it's what that remaining money is being spent on, which has nothing to do with Andrew Luck.
Should we re-examine the Trent Richardson trade where the Colts gave up a first draft pick? Or signing Antonio Cromartie only to cut him by week four? Or how about the Andre Johnson signing? Or drafting a wide receiver in the first round of the 2015 draft after the offensive line ranked 30th in the league?
Those personnel decisions are not Andrew Luck's responsibility. The responsibility falls on the shoulders of one person, and that person is Ryan Grigson.
He's had four years to build a contender, and to blame the only piece of team that's keeping it from going 0-16 each year is delusional.