Grigson's and Pagano's Resilient Program

Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano have constructed a program where players are taught to overcome adversity and seize opportunity. Last year, both were honored for the club’s 11-5 record. This year’s Colts matched that mark under dire injury matters. The Colts lost the second-most total of games to injured starters of any NFL team, meaning Grigson and Pagano have instilled noteworthy grit in their program.

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INDIANAPOLIS –Chuck Pagano fought leukemia last year, missing 12 games in an 11-5 regular season.

During his absence, Pagano visited the team on occasion and asked them to forge through adversity just as he was doing.

He wanted the team to live in the moment and focus on achieving despite tough circumstances.

One of the man who hired Pagano was Ryan Grigson, who wanted his program to succeed with resilience and determination.

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The Colts did that last year, and they have done so again in 2013.

According to the Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, the Colts achieved 11 wins this year despite having 83 games lost by starters.

The total incurred by the club was the second-highest in the NFL, behind 91 games lost by New York Giants starters.

Indianapolis lost starting running back Vick Ballard and tight end Dwayne Allen after the Oakland opener.  Guard Donald Thomas followed a week later.

Indianapolis lost running back Ahmad Bradshaw, counted as a backup to Ballard in the study, after the third game, and Gosselin did not use Bradshaw's 13 games missed in his tally.

Reggie Wayne went down after the seventh game, and that caused another obstacle in the Colts' bid to return to the playoffs.

The study contends the NFL lost a record 1,600 games by starters this season because of injuries, including a record 861 on offense.

Among playoff teams, New England (74) had the second-most, followed by Green Bay (70), New Orleans (61), Carolina (57), Denver (53), San Diego (52), Seattle (44), Cincinnati (40), San Francisco (39), Philadelphia (29) and Kansas City (22).

Games

Team

16- Game Starters

Yr-Ending IR Starters*

91

NY Giants

6

6

83

Colts

7

5

74

New England

6

5

72

Atlanta

4

5

70

Tampa Bay

9

5

70

Green Bay

10

3

67

Arizona

13

5

62

Dallas

10

3

61

New Orleans

7

4

57

Minnesota

5

3

57

Carolina

9

3

53

Denver

8

4

52

San Diego

6

2

52

Pittsburgh

6

3

49

Oakland

7

1

49

Jacksonville

5

5

49

Houston

9

4

47

Chicago

11

3

44

Seattle

6

1

41

St. Louis

9

4

41

Miami

7

3

41

Detroit

10

2

40

Cincinnati

7

3

39

San Francisco

13

2

38

Buffalo

7

2

38

Baltimore

10

1

36

Tennessee

7

2

35

Cleveland

6

2

29

Philadelphia

14

1

22

Washington

13

2

22

Kansas City

0

0

20

NY Jets

12

1

*Starters placed on season-ending injured reserve

According to Gosselin, Green Bay (153) and the Colts (149) have suffered the most games lost by starters due to injury over the last two years, but the teams earned consecutive playoff berths nonetheless.

Pagano has kept the troops focused, while Grigson has helped funnel 73 players through the process, the most number of players to toil for any team this season. 

Both Grigson and Pagano earned accolades for last year's success.  Those taking note for coach and executive of the year honors might want to consider the Colts' accomplishments. 

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