Colts GM, coach assure they get along

Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano assure they have a productive working relationship and there isn't a rift between them.

A deviation in the Labor Day routine brought Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano together in the media room.

Near the end of a 20-minute chat with reporters, the obvious question was finally asked: Did these men wish to dispell the notion there's friction between them?

The duo don't usually have a joint press conference on Monday of the NFL regular season's opening week, so their appearance looked and eventually sounded like a necessary interaction to set the record straight on the rampant speculation by local and national journalists.

Grigson jumped at the chance to answer the question first.

"We're both really, really excited about the season," the general manager started, before alluding to one of two notes he keeps on his office desk.

"One of them is what (owner) Jim Irsay said. He said that, 'It's hard enough to win in this league when everyone is getting along. You got no shot if you're not.' So it makes no sense for us going in opposite directions. And that's not the case, trust me.

"At the end of the day, we always do what's best for the horseshoe, period. Period. It's work. It's a passionate business and there's a lot on the line. But he and I both always come to a resolution about what's best for the team and the horseshoe. Period."

Pagano, who is in a contract year, has been rumored to be entering a make-or-break season. He nodded as Grigson spoke, then gave his own version of the same assurance that everything is OK between them.

"This is the National Football League, OK?" the head coach said. "Ryan knows what he signed up for and I know exactly what I signed up for and we're linked at the hip. And do we agree to disagree? Absolutely. Is there going to be some fireworks at times? Absolutely. Every single room I've been in as a defensive coach for 28 years, whether as a coordinator or a position coach, offensively, there's going to be some fireworks in those rooms, OK?

"But at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that we come out of it, 'What is best for the 'shoe' and 'what's best for the team.' It's the disease of me, you know? Cancer isn't the biggest killer, OK? It isn't heart disease. It's the disease of me. What's in it for me? We have no egos around here. Everybody checks 'em at the door every day they come to work, players, coaches, myself, everybody. The only thing that matters is the 'shoe and what's best for the 'shoe."

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