Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was not well-liked within the organization when he was fired, and he seems to know it in hindsight.
Grigson admitted in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that he spent too much time sweating the details and too little of it communicating with the rest of the front office.
“What I really think that I wasn’t able to ever do in that time I was there was really get to be a human at times,” Grigson said, via Alex Marvez of the Sporting News. “I hunkered down and just was laser-focused. I probably should have pressed pause and took some time to breathe for a second and communicate better to let people in more. I was only like that with my inner circle.”
Grigson added that he also didn’t bother communicating with the media or public, which may have been a factor.
“Maybe I blew it because I just never took the time to really establish relationships with the media,” Grigson added. “I came up in kind of an old-school way. I thought you just have to win football games and you don’t have to worry about doing those types of things. And I just never was a politician in that way. I just never felt like I had to. I think I paid a handsome price for when I was on my way out.”
Grigson was so disliked within the Colts organization that the team tried to bring in psychologist to deal with his relationship with his head coach, and some of his own players openly celebrated his firing. It’s hard to ignore dislike on that level.