INDIANAPOLIS – Questions came from all different people on a variety of topics.
Whether it was about the new free agents signings, last year’s spectacular rookie class or on the 2012 season, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was there to answer them.
For the second straight season, Grigson was the guest on the Colts Season Ticket Holder Fan Forum on Monday evening.
Jimmy ‘Mad Dog’ Matis hosted the exclusive conference call with season ticket holders and fielded questions to the Colts GM, which lasted a little more than 30 minutes.
Matis started off the call with some back-and-forth with Grigson, with the Colts GM updating fans on where the team currently stands in the offseason.
“It’s been a little crazy but we are really excited with what we have brewing here, building from last season, which was the most special football season that I’ve been apart of,” Grigson said.
“We want to build off the foundation that Chuck laid and find all those types of players that fit the mold and the vision that we’ve seen from the beginning. We feel really pleased with where we are at as a club.”
It’s a never-ending process for Grigson and his staff trying to build the most complete roster in the NFL.
While the games are still over five months away, the grind of finding a 90-man roster will continue until training camp begins.
“We want to have the most rock solid roster in the NFL and that’s what drives me every day,” Grigson said. “We are all on the same page with the same vision that we are trying to build a monster and that’s exactly the mindset we have. We want to be the best. We want to have the best athletes, football players and people at the same time and I think you sell yourself short if you don’t try and get those three things.”
Following the opening segment, Grigson delved into questions from season ticket holders which began on his thoughts about free agency.
Grigson pointed out that April’s NFL Draft is another avenue for acquiring players and while the philosophy remains taking the best available player, free agency allows the time to address specific needs with proven talent.
“For me it’s never about winning free agency,” Grigson said. “I felt like we really scoured the NFL, just like we scour the college landscape, and we went after guys that we felt could start for us, that were still young, still had upside and I think those are wise investments for us.”
When a question arose on Owner Jim Irsay hinting that the addition of a receiver could be on the horizon, Grigson did not shy away.
“(Oakland’s Darrius) Heyward-Bey is coming in here on a visit,” Grigson said on Monday evening. “He has tremendous speed. He’s got a lot of tools to work with. I think he played for three quarterbacks out there in Oakland so hopefully we can land him and he can be more comfortable being somewhere where his quarterback is
Before wrapping up the fan forum, Grigson talked about what’s up next for his staff with April approaching.
The 2013 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 25, and the personnel department is beginning to build up the ‘back’ of the draft board while scouting the prospects that were not invited to this year’s combine.
As Monday’s call with season ticket holders came to a close, Grigson thanked those on the line for their constant support in 2012.
“It was a thing of beauty and it’s all Chuck Pagano, the foundation he laid and the trust, loyalty and respect that is alive and well in this building. It’s genuine and the players know it,” Grigson said.
“All the staff members they walk the walk, they don’t just talk it. I feel like as soon as people came here and signed, they recognized that culture and I think it was galvanized by Chuck’s absence and his sickness. We are just going to carry that into next year.”