Losing coaches a 'byproduct of success'

January, 16, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said he has not been asked permission by the Detroit Lions to talk to quarterback coach Clyde Christensen about being their offensive coordinator.

Former Colts head coach Jim Caldwell was named head coach of the Detroit Lions earlier this week. Caldwell and Christensen coached together with the Colts and Tampa Bay.

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was scheduled to interview at Vanderbilt for its head coaching opening Thursday.

Grigson acknowledged that he knows it's a legit possibility that he could be losing some coaches. Hamilton and Christensen will both be taking a step up career wise if they if leave -- and you can't fault them if they were offered and accepted those jobs --but their departure will impact quarterback Andrew Luck because he works directly with them.

Luck would have his third offensive coordinator in as many seasons if Hamilton gets the Vanderbilt job.

"This time of year, if you're good, you're going to be in demand from other teams," Grigson said. "It's kind of the byproduct of success. It's part of this business. That's why you got to have 'next man up' with your coaching staff as well. It's nothing that is unusual."

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter



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