by Greg Gabriel
January 11, 02012
The Indianapolis Colts hired Ryan Grigson this morning to be their new general manager.
Grigson might not have a name that is known nationally in the media but in the scouting world he is known well. He has done it the right way and paid his dues so to speak. He has worked as a scout in the Canadian League and the Arena League before he joined the Rams first as a combine scout and then an area scout. He has been with the Eagles the last nine years as a scout then as Director of College Scouting and finally Director of Player Personnel.
I scouted Grigson while he was in college and he was a solid NFL prospect as an offensive tackle at Purdue. He was drafted by the Bengals and played for both them and the Lions in 1995-1996. He then spent some time with Toronto in the CFL before retiring because of a back injury. I have known him as a scout since he came into the league with the Rams. I have always been impressed with how he handled himself on the road and at All-Star games. I have had numerous conversations about players with him and to say that he knows what he is talking about is an understatement.
What impressed me even more is his passion for football and his job. He is very enthusiastic but at the same time comes across strong with his opinions. The Colts did an excellent job by hiring him. I can compare this hire to the Falcons hiring Thomas Dimitroff in 2008. He was another person who didn’t have a national name but was well respected in the scouting community. And we have all seen the job Dimitroff has done in Atlanta.
I have said for a long time that the biggest names are not always the best names. There are many very capable personnel people working in the NFL who can do outstanding jobs if they are just given the chance. This was an excellent hire by the Colts and their future looks bright.