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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Could Grigson look to college for coach?

By Paul Kuharsky

Ryan Grigson’s history and experience could lead him to look to the college ranks for the Colts' next coach.

Grigson worked as a college scout for the St. Louis Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles before graduating to director of college scouting and then director of player personnel for the Eagles.

In those roles and for the bulk of his time working in the NFL, he interacted more with college coaches than pro assistants. He said Tuesday he's got a short list heading into what will be an expansive search. I wonder if it might include another midwestern guy like Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz?

It’s very easy to connect dots from Grigson to Marty Mornhinweg from Andy Reid’s staff or to think he’d look to some sort of connection to his time with the Rams from 1999-2003.

But the search will be much broader than that. We can’t pretend to know who’s on that short list but given his background I'd be surprised if we don't hear a college name surface for the first time in this NFL offseason.

Grigson and, oddly, Caldwell, interviewed former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo for the team’s defensive coordinator post on Monday.

Grigson was asked today if he’d allow for a college coach as a prime candidate, but he didn’t address that specifically.

He said leadership tops a long list of components the team wants in a new coach.

"We want strong leadership and we want someone that shares this vision in this new era of Colts football," Grigson said. "We want the best man and the best leader and the person that's going to get us where we want to go. And we're going to find that man."