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Former Indianapolis Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson didn’t always get his decisions right, but he doesn’t deserve all the hate.

If Chris Ballard and Frank Reich had Grigson’s record in Indianapolis with a constantly injured quarterback and a coach who was fighting a courageous battle with cancer, statues would be built right now at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Grigson knew some of the big moves last decade did not pan out.

Exhibit A – Trent Richardson.

Jim (Irsay) always preached greatness and I bought into that man,” Grigson said. “If you’re trying to become great, you can’t play it safe. You have to put it out there and can’t let it hang. (Richardson) just didn’t work. For whatever reason, it didn’t.”

The trade was far from a swing and a miss by Grigson.

It was a wild pitch to the backstop, scoring the game winning run in the bottom of the 9th. But the aggressiveness he showed should be a trait the Blue and White follow into 2021 and beyond.

Reich has his guy under center. Ballard went defense-heavy in this year’s draft, and he thinks Eric Fisher is the guy at left tackle.

There’s no excuses anymore.

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