Could Grigson take Marty Mornhinweg?

January, 11, 2012
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The Indianapolis Colts have hired Ryan Grigson, who had been the Philadelphia Eagles' director of player personnel, as their new general manager. The Colts announced Wednesday morning that Grigson would replace Bill Polian, who was fired last week.

Not fired last week was Colts head coach Jim Caldwell, though it's entirely possible that (a) Colts ownership wanted the new GM to decide on a head coach and (b) Grigson will want to bring in his own coach. Albert Breer of the NFL Network speculated on Twitter that the Grigson hire could open up an opportunity for Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to get another shot at head coaching, and that makes a lot of sense.

In spite of his flop as Lions head coach, Mornhinweg is extremely well respected in NFL circles. Many people believe he wasn't ready for the Detroit opportunity, and that Lions management didn't provide him with a chance to succeed in the role. As a result, he's on a lot of short lists of head-coaching candidates around the league.

Furthermore, Mornhinweg is well known for his ability to develop quarterbacks. And with the Colts apparently set to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in April's draft, they're likely looking for a coach with such a reputation.

No idea, of course, what Grigson is planning. And as mentioned, the head coach job in Indy is not, currently, open. But this is one possible consequence of the Colts snatching away an Eagles personnel guy to run their front office, and it's worth keeping an eye on.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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